SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Defense attorneys are trying to discredit witnesses scheduled to testify against a Brigham City doctor about to go on trial for improperly prescribing 3.5 million painkillers over a four-year period.The Salt Lake Tribune reports the legal wrangling this week over evidence before the trial starts Monday for orthopedic surgeon Dewey C. MacKay.The 64-year-old MacKay is charged with prescribing painkillers to patients without legitimate needs.The paper reports defense attorneys tried to discredit another doctor as unethical for allegedly placing a patient’s amputated finger on a food display during a hospital luncheon.U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on Monday denied the defense request for hospital records to discredit the testimony of Michael H. Sumko. He reported to authorities concerns about the volume of painkillers MacKay was prescribing.
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