And some doctors have been, literally, "under the gun" when government agents break down their office doors to investigate such heinous crimes as using a form of Vitamin B12 that didn't meet the government's idea of what a "good vitamin" should be, as actually happened in the case of Dr. Jonathan Wright of Washington state.
Also in Virginia, Roanoke psychiatrist and pain specialist Cecil Byron Knox, M.D., is now on trial, together with his office manager Beverly Gale Boone, each facing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Prosecutors argue that Knox's prescriptions led to eight patient deaths.
In 2002, Dr. James Graves of Florida was convicted on manslaughter charges in connection with an OxyContin death of a patient. Because all his assets were seized, he had to rely on a public defender. Now in his mid-fifties, Dr. Graves was sentenced to 63 years in prison.
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