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Top Ten Professional Licensing Stories of 2009 #10: “Alford plea” on sexual assault triggers automatic license revocation, court finds

March/April 2009

The Maryland medical board properly revoked a physician's license without a hearing after he entered an Alford plea to second-degree assault  involving "extraordinary circumstances," the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland held March 27 (State Board of Physicians v. Michael S. Rudman).  The court reversed a trial court which had vacated the board's revocation order.

The case involved Michael S. Rudman, who had practiced medicine for 30 years in Maryland. The Maryland Board of Physicians received a complaint from one of Rudman's patients in 2005 that he had touched . . .

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