The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon)
JUDGE SAYS REOPEN HEARING
May 10, 1990
A judge has ordered the Idaho Board of Medicine to reopen a disciplinary hearing for a psychiatrist whose license was revoked after a patient accused him of having sex with her.
First District Court Judge Gary Haman ordered the board to reconsider its decision to revoke the license of Dr. Joseph Leggett, citing discrepancies in the woman’s tape recording of a purported discussion with the doctor.
Haman agreed Tuesday with an attorney’s contention that the tape — in which the doctor allegedly discussed having sex with his patient — was a composite of several conversations.
“I’m just relieved that we have a chance to present some evidence,” a tearful Leggett said after Haman’s decision.
The tape was a critical piece of evidence in the Board of Medicine hearing in September 1988 and in a trial last month over allegations brought by the woman against Leggett and Pine Crest Hospital, the Coeur d’Alene psychiatric facility where he worked.
The woman testified that she used a telephone-answering machine to tape calls after Leggett began ending their romance.
But an electronics expert has determined the recording was dubbed, Leggett’s attorney, Carl Oreskovich of Spokane, told the judge.