In hopes of persuading a federal jury that pill mill kingpin Chris George is not just a criminal but a racist, an attorney representing one of two doctors on trial for causing the overdose deaths of seven patients asked Thursday that the 32-year-old be ordered to strip off his prison blues in court, exposing a Nazi tattoo.
The tattoo, along with a photo of him saluting the Nazi flag, underscore the defense theory that the Wellington man with chiseled good looks fooled Dr. Cynthia Cadet into believing that her work at his clinics was legal because he is a master at hiding the truth, attorney Michael Weinstein argued.
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About this case
Drs. Cynthia Cadet and Joseph Castronouvo are on trial in federal court for causing the deaths of nine patients while working at pain clinics operated by Chris George.
The 32-year-old Wellington man, his twin, Jeff, and more than two dozen others pleaded guilty and are serving prison sentences for their role in the operation. Some are testifying for the prosecution in hopes of winning reduced sentences.
Cadet, 43, a former emergency room physician, and Castronouvo, 72, a former internist, claim they didn’t know the operation was illegal and were trying to help patients. They face possible life sentences.