In Little Rock Arkansas a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is being asked to review the conviction of an Indian-born physician, who was found guilty of bombing another doctor in 2009. Doctor Randeep Mann was convicted in August, 2010 after an explosive device connected to a car detonated, nearly killing Doctor Trent Pierce, who was at the time the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board. Prosecutors argued that Mann schemed to kill Doctor Pierce in retaliation, after the medical board began an investigation that was about to revoke Mann’s medical license.
The explosion of his car outside his West Memphis home severely injured Pierce, blinding him in one eye; burning his face; causing hearing loss, as well as breaking an arm and a leg.
Three years before, the state Medical Board had revoked Mann’s permit to prescribe narcotics, when it learned that he was overprescribing and patients were dying.
Just prior to the bombing, the Board discovered that Mann had continued to prescribe powerful painkillers, even though he was legally prohibited from doing so.
Investigators arrested Mann 30 days after the bombing, when they uncovered a large number of grenades stockplied in the woods near his home. The explosion of Doctor Trent Pierce’s car was caused by a grenade.
U.S. District Judge Brian Miller sentenced Mann to life in prison on two bombing charges and 10 years on illegal weapons charges. The weapons convictions included owning a machine gun and stockpiling grenades.
In the Appeal, Mann’s attorneys have argued that there was not enough evidence to convict Randeep Mann.
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