A doctor whose license was recently suspended by Ohio’s medical board is planning to sue the board.
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is planning to fight the decision, which members of the State Medical Board of Ohio said was because of the doctor’s response to their investigation into her criticism of COVID-19 vaccines, according to Dr. Tenpenny’s lawyer.
“We’re going to definitely be filing suit,” Tom Renz, the lawyer, told The Epoch Times. “I don’t think there’s really any question about that.”
The suit will focus on alleged violations of Dr. Tenpenny’s due process rights and will challenge the suspension. Depending on the components, it may be filed in state or federal court.
“We’re going to just make sure that we do what we wish they would have done, which is to be ethical, to follow the law, and to make sure that justice is served,” Mr. Renz said.
The board declined to comment.
Board members voted on Aug. 9 to suspend Dr. Tenpenny’s license until she meets certain conditions, including paying a fine and cooperating with investigators.
Members and the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said that Dr. Tenpenny didn’t properly respond to questions prompted by complaints filed over her public testimony before the Ohio House of Representatives that included references to claims that vaccinated people had become magnetic.
“This case is not about Dr. Tenpenny making comments about how when you’re vaccinated, 5G towers could interfere with [you]. It’s not about Dr. Tenpenny saying, when you are vaccinated, your body becomes magnetized. It’s not about any of that, right?” Dr. Amol Soin, a board member, said ahead of the vote. “It really is about this whole issue of cooperation or not.”
One such issue of cooperation was Dr. Tenpenny’s failure to appear at a deposition, according to Kimberly Lee, the state official who served as hearing examiner for the case.
“This is not punitive. This is procedural,” Assistant Attorney General James Wakley said before the vote. “This is a stick necessary to ensure that we get the answers that we require based on the board’s responsibility for ensuring the safety of the public.”
Dr. Tenpenny and Mr. Renz say the state is mislabeling how she responded to questions and other investigative steps. They say she filed legal objections to the subpoena and other documents, that the investigation was unconstitutional in part because the state couldn’t define “failure to cooperate” and because it wouldn’t show them the complaints.