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Expungement may not be basis for license denial—but disturbing letter from applicant can be

Tennessee’s nursing board lost part of a license denial case after using a criminal conviction, expunged only after the initial application for licensure had been filed, to deny an applicant a license. Despite that error, the board was still within its rights to deny the applicant on the grounds that he had tried to deceive the board through a letter, intended to explain his criminal conviction, filled with “disturbing, strange, and incredible content.”

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