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TORONTO, Apr 30 (LSN) – In court yesterday, Crown Attorney Michael Leshner called for a six-year jail term for prominent Toronto AIDS doctor Maurice Genereux, convicted in January of assisting the suicide attempts of two of his patients. Genereux’s lawyer called for a suspended sentence.  Mr Leshner described Genereux as “cunning, deceitful, lying, and manipulative” in his prescription of drugs to be used for suicides, and in his subsequent concealment of the evidence. Mr Leshner said that Genereux handed “a loaded pharmaceutical gun to people with suicidal tendencies.”  The defense brought forward testimony from psychiatrist Graham Glancy, who treated Genereux after he was suspended from medical practice in 1994 for sexual misconduct with patients. Dr Glancy described Genereux in sympathetic terms, as “prone to over-empathize with people [who are] lonely and isolated because they are gay.” Dr Richard Stall, a psychiatrist who testified for the prosecution, dismissed this defense, saying he did not see how Genereux’s “over-identification” with patients could lead to such a “flagrant violation of ethics.”

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