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Legal Documents Sealed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Legal documents in numerous lawsuits filed against former Putnam General osteopath Doctor John King are now off limits to the public.

Putnam County Circuit Judge O.C. Spaulding has ordered the documents sealed.

King faces more than 100 malpractice lawsuits brought by former patients or their survivors.

King left the hospital in 2003 after a seven-month stint and has since changed his name to Christopher Wallace Martin.

His medical privileges have been taken away by West Virginia and several other states.

Spaulding decided to seal the documents after a hearing Friday.

Putnam General Hospital's lawyers argued that press coverage could bias jurors.

Trials in some of the cases are scheduled to begin as soon as next month.


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