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Doc Phil's Day in Court

It began in a strip club and ended in Federal court.

Phillip Mallory, more commonly known around Shotgun Willie's as "Doc Phil," was arrested in July 2004 for allegedly trading painkiller prescriptions to strippers in exchange for them having sex with him on film. (Click here for Westword's article on the subject.) Then, in 2005, Mallory was arrested again, this time on federal weapons charges. He tried to buy an assault rifle but was denied the purchase because of his pending legal problems in the prescriptions-for-porno case. Afterward, he had someone try to buy an assault rifle for him.

As part of his deal for pleading guilty to the charge that he tried to buy the weapon, Mallory's other gun charge was dismissed, as was his prescription case in Arapahoe County.

"I don't like this case because I see a waste of talent," said Harvey Steinberg, Mallory's attorney, at Wednesday's sentencing. "He's been an honorable member of society and done more for society than most of us."

It's true that Mallory served his country in the first Gulf War, and he was also a prestigious trauma surgeon who saved the life of a girl shot at Columbine. He even made an appearance on Oprah after saving a Highlands Ranch teen who'd been pierced by a 2-by-4 after a car crash threw him onto a fence.

Recently, Mallory wrote a letter to the court comparing himself to those who were caught up in Hurricane Katrina. He claimed to be a victim of "terrorists of racial hatred" hidden in the various law enforcement agencies that busted him for the porno case.

At the sentencing, Mallory brought up the recent school shootings and the Congressional page scandal when the judge gave him the opportunity to address the courts.

"The killer at Bailey had an assault weapon, which I sought and spent six-and-a-half months in jail for," Mallory said. "Clearly I didn't harbor those thoughts."

In response, Judge Wiley Daniel worked hard to drill it into Mallory's head that he has to accept responsibility for his actions and not claim to be a victim."At the end of the day you may have done a lot of great things," he said, "but you've done a lot of things that aren't great, and that's why you're here." Daniel characterized Mallory's fear that the world was out to get him as "hysteria."

The former doctor, who faced ten-to-sixteen months in prison, stood in a gray suit and chewed gum as Daniel told him he'd be released as the result of time served; he'd already spent about ten months in custody for the two separate cases. However, he'll also have to contend with supervised-release procedures for three years, and if he's found to have violated them, he could end up in prison. In addition, Mallory was ordered to undergo a complete psychiatric evaluation, comply with any mental health treatment ordered, and refrain from abusing alcohol and initiating contact with the law enforcement agencies he alleges were after him.

Mallory's medical license has expired, but he said he hopes to somehow continue a career in the medical profession -- an uphill battle for a convicted felon.

"I can't sing, I can't play basketball, but I do know how to save lives," he said.

The doctor is officially out. -- Luke Turf

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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