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Posted by: Brennan Donnellan on Mar 1, 2021
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Another weird intersection of Zoom and the courts, maybe even more shocking than the Lawyer Cat that CMBA Board Member Karen Rubin used as an ethics lesson for lawyers last week. This time it's a doctor performing surgery and attending his trial via Zoom at the same time.

According to the Sacramento Bee, a Northern California plastic surgeon showed up for his traffic trial Thursday afternoon via videoconference. He surprised a Sacramento judge by going live from his operating room.

“Hello, Mr. Green? Are you available for trial?” asked a courtroom clerk. “It kind of looks like you’re in an operating room right now?”

“I am, sir,” Green replied. “Yes, I’m in an operating room right now. I’m available for trial. Go right ahead.”

The judge said he didn't feel comfortable about the safety of the patient, and rescheduled the appearance for a later date.

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