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Felony drug conviction insufficient to suspend cosmetology license

Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation

An April 16 decision by Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court reversed an indefinite license suspension placed on an esthetician who had been convicted of selling prescription pain medication. The court held that a felony conviction, by itself, was insufficient evidence to suspend a cosmetician in the state (Abruzzese v. Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs). The court also found fault with the state cosmetology board's handling of evidentiary procedures.

In 2015, Rosemarie Abruzzese, a licensed Pennsylvania esthetician, was convicted of possessing prescription painkillers with an intent to deliver; she was sentenced to five years' probation. The conviction prompted . . .

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