Judge weighs claim that Texas Medical Board abuses its power
A long-running lawsuit that accuses the Texas Medical Board of abusing its power was left on Tuesday in the hands of U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, who said he faces a tough decision.
Yeakel heard closing arguments in the December 2007 suit filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons against members of the medical board and its former president, Dr. Roberta Kalafut, who resigned in 2008 after complaints that she had overstepped her bounds.
“I find this case harder than any one of you do,” Yeakel said in court, explaining that each side had presented its arguments so well that he needs more time to consider the case before issuing a ruling.
The suit is part of a continuing challenge of the medical board’s authority by doctors who say they have been harassed or treated harshly during disciplinary proceedings. While the court fight continues, some state lawmakers who are sympathetic to the doctors are moving in the Legislature to restrict the board’s investigative methods.