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Arlington physician Arnold J. Morris, M.D. has failed – again – in his effort to enjoin the Texas Medical Board from attempting to discipline him for allegedly over-prescribing medications. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Dr. Morris’ lawsuit against the Board. The decision would appear to clear the way for the Board to resume its disciplinary action against him.

In his request for an injunction to stop the Board proceeding, Dr. Morris had enlisted the help of State Representative William Zedler, District 96 (R-Arlington). According to the report of the U. S. magistrate judge, at a hearing on his motion for a preliminary injunction Dr. Morris called Representative Zedler as a witness to support his claim that the complaint against him was “ginned up.”  That testimony reportedly revealed that Representative Zedler had called and emailed the Board president about the Board’s investigation of Dr. Morris. 

Apparently this is not the first time that Representative Zedler has intervened on behalf of doctors who were investigated by the Board. According to the “Ethics Explorer” section of theTexas Tribune, Representative Zedler previously has requested confidential records from the Board in order to assist doctors who were being investigated and at least two of the doctors, who were not his constituents, had contributed to his campaign.

- David Swanson, Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP.