Anthony J. Garcia's legal team has asked the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board to delay a hearing on the suspension of Garcia's medical license.
Illinois temporarily suspended Garcia's medical license last Friday after discovering Garcia has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in Omaha. Illinois, the only state known to have issued Garcia a license, has since said Garcia lied on his applications.
The Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board had scheduled a hearing in Chicago on July 31. Robert Motta, Garcia's lawyer, said today he asked the board to postpone the hearing for at least 180 days. Motta said he hopes to deal with the hearing after the murder trial in Omaha.
“I have bigger issues to deal with than my client's ability to practice medicine,” Motta said. “(Garcia) isn't too worried about practicing medicine in the foreseeable future.”
He added: “In any practice you are in, if you lie when you're filling out your application, you're going to have problems down the road.”
The request for delay has been received but not yet processed, said Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the state's licensing department.