A Sacramento plastic surgeon showed up to his Zoom traffic court trial while in the middle of operating on a patient.
The incident is the latest mundane court proceeding to take an interesting turn in the age coronavirus, videoconferencing and remote work.
Just weeks after a viral video of a Texas lawyer who could not turn off a kitten filter during a Zoom court appearance, Dr. Scott Green appeared in a virtual courtroom Thursday from an operating room dressed in scrubs and a surgical mask.
Despite some hesitation from a courtroom clerk, Green insisted that they move forward with the trial.
“Mr. Green. Hi. Are you available for trial? It kind of looks like you’re in an operating room right now,” the clerk said in a video captured by The Sacramento Bee.
“I am, sir. I’m in an operating room. Yes, I’m available for trial. Go right ahead,” Green replies.
As the court waits for the Sacramento Superior Court Commissioner Gary Link, Green appears to go back to operating on the patient as the nurse films.
While Green was ready to show off his multitasking skills, Link wasn’t pleased and expressed concern about the welfare of the patient.
“Unless I’m mistaken, I’m seeing a defendant that’s in the middle of an operating room appearing to be actively engaged in providing services to a patient,” he says. “Is that correct, Mr. Green?”
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