California Doctor Shows up for Zoom Court Trial While Performing Surgery on a Patient
Due to COVID-19, there is considerable live-streaming of cases in the Sacramento Superior Court, during which a California doctor appears in court while performing an operation.
On February 25, Dr. Scott Green showed up for his Sacramento Superior Court trial virtually over zoom videoconference because of the COVID-19 pandemic from an operating room.
In scrubs and a surgical mask, Green was undergoing a surgical procedure, with an in-patient just out of the frame; the beeps of medical machinery were heard in the background.
Even though a courtroom clerk was hesitant, Green maintained that they should proceed with the trial. In a video captured by The Sacramento Bee, the clerk said:
"Mr. Green. Hi. Are you available for trial? It kind of looks like you're in an operating room right now."
"I am, sir. I'm in an operating room. Yes, I'm available for trial. Go right ahead," Green responded. While waiting for the commissioner of the court, he returned to operating on the patient.
Although the doctor wanted to prove his multitasking skills, Commissioner Gary Link expressed concern for the health of the patient and expressed disappointment.
Link emphasized the importance of people staying healthy and keeping them alive.
Link said unless he's mistaken, he is seeing a defendant in the middle of an operating room. He mentioned that it appears that the defendant is providing services to a patient.
He then asked Green if he was right, which the doctor replied that that was the case. Since Link felt uncomfortable with the case moving forward, the trial was rescheduled for March 4.
Link emphasized the importance of people staying healthy and keeping them alive. When asked about the Sacramento Bee's report about the case, Green replied that's not accurate.
The Medical Board of California has announced that it will investigate a plastic surgeon who appeared in a videoconferencing while performing an operation during a traffic violation trial.
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