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The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday heard arguments on whether doctors can face state homicide charges if the drugs they prescribe are used by a patient during a fatal overdose on the medication.

Dr. Stan XuHui Li, who practiced in Queens, is seeking to have his conviction on manslaughter charges for the overdose deaths of two of his patients overturned by New York’s highest court.

Raymond Belair, of Belair & Evans in Manhattan, argued before the high court that Li couldn’t have known that his patients would overdose. He also said the prescriptions were nonlethal if taken as directed.

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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