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GA licenses doctors when other states refuse

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ATLANTA (AP) - Doctors whose misconduct barred them from working in other states have sometimes gotten permission to work in Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) examined more than 500 decisions involving Georgia physicians. On two dozen occasions, the state's medical board has allowed physicians to practice in Georgia after they were accused of criminal conduct or other problems that brought bans elsewhere.

For example, Dr. Armando Sanchez practices in Smyrna despite pleading no contest to solicitation of capital murder in Texas. He was accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a disgruntled patient.

One of Sanchez's attorneys, Ace Pickens, said the murder-for-hire charge was a misunderstanding and never an attempt to kill someone.

The chairman of Georgia's medical board, Dr. David Retterbush, said the board makes decisions carefully.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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