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Licensee death does not reverse revocation that’s on appeal

Professional disciplinary actions are sufficiently dissimilar to criminal convictions that the doctrine of abatement, whereby a criminal defendant’s conviction is overturned if the defendant dies during the appeals process, does not apply to professional license revocation, an Ohio appeals court held December 17 (Polisetty v. State Medical Board of Ohio).

After the state medical board revoked Sudhir Polisetty’s medical license, he appealed. But Polisetty died in October 2015, before a final appeal could be heard.

After learning of Polisetty’s death, the state moved to dismiss the appeal, but Polisetty’s attorney opposed the motion, hoping . . .

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