Dr. Scott Greene, who had violated the traffic rule, was summoned to the Sacramento, California, Superior Court of Transportation.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, court hearings in California are held in virtual mode – using the Zoom computer communication system. Imagine the surprise of the court clerk when the defendant appeared on the screen of the monitor installed in the courtroom … in a surgical suit. “Yes, I’m in the operating room right now. And I am ready to participate in the trial. Get started! ” – said Green, continuing to study the patient, which could be judged by the way he bent over something outside the field of view of the camera. Court commissioner Gary Link, who appeared soon in the courtroom, saw what was happening on the screen and decided to postpone the court hearing for another day due to concerns for the patient’s safety. And although Green assured the judge that there was another surgeon next to him who could replace him at any time, the trial was postponed.
Meanwhile, the California Medical College said it intends to investigate the bizarre incident, stressing that it “expects doctors to strictly adhere to standards of clinical practice in treating their patients.”