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Open Wide and Say Uh-Oh

The doctor is out -- to lunch.

Philip Mallory, a physician once featured on Oprah and hailed for saving a Columbine teen, did not renew his medical license when it expired at the end of May 2005. But that didn't stop him from withdrawing a guilty plea so that he'd be able to practice medicine again.

Mallory made more news when he was busted for allegedly trading prescriptions for painkillers to strippers in exchange for their making porno videos with him. While out on bond on those charges, Mallory caught a federal case for trying to buy an assault rifle, then recruiting a friend to purchase it for him after he was denied because of his legal status.

Mallory was set to be sentenced on August 22. He'd pled guilty to one of the gun charges in exchange for the other one being dropped.; the porno-for-pills case was also to be dropped.

But when he realized that he wouldn't be able to practice medicine as a convicted felon, Mallory submitted an eight-page letter to the court, revoking his guilty plea even though he'd already signed the agreement. He considered himself a victim of police officers' racial persecution, he wrote, referring to the officers as "terrorists of racial hatred" and comparing himself to the victims of Katrina.

"As to the motivation for their misconduct one only needs to look to the racist dribble of the search warrant affidavit," Mallory opined. "It preys upon negative stereotypes of Black men and reveals their racial hatred. Owing to the defective intellect of my Negro ancestry, I most certainly would videotape my criminal acts of trading prescriptions for sex. Because of the uncontrollable urges of my Black hypersexuality I would compromise my status as a premier Trauma surgeon. The portrayal of myself as a monstrous Black rapist/predator ravenously devouring the whole of white female virtue at Shot Gun Willies in exchange for prescriptions depicts the putrid excrement of racism."

The diatribe (and misspellings) continued: "Westward in May 2005 published detailed information as to how I could be located, a description of my car, as well as unflattering and racist caricature of me. I was being targeted for retribution by any white extremist who believed that I was a rampant miscenegist tainting the purity of the White Race. Notions of the crazed Negro Doctor raping and pillaging the countryside in Rambo style are ludicrous."

While the judge didn't rule out revoking Mallory's guilty plea, he didn't agree to the request, either, pointing out that the letter had been submitted by Mallory rather than his legal representative. In the courtroom, the judge asked Mallory at least twice whether he indeed wanted to revoke his plea. Mallory didn't answer either time, but instead went off on lengthy verbal rants during which he continued to paint himself as a victim of racism, and said he was "raped" by the Westword article "Breast Friend."

The judge gave Mallory until September 5 to formally revoke his guilty plea through his attorney. When Mallory did not do so, the judge set a final sentencing date of October 11. — Luke Turf

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