Former state medical examiner faces misconduct charge

Monday, November 22, 2010 at 12:19pm

Former state medical examiner Dr. Bruce Levy is set to appear in a Davidson County courtroom Tuesday morning to face a charge of official misconduct.

Levy was booked and released Friday afternoon on the class-E felony charge of official misconduct from the Davidson County district attorney’s office following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Mississippi’s Bureau of Narcotics arrested Levy March 16 charging him with marijuana possession while he was working in Madison County, Miss.

Following that arrest, Davidson County District Attorney Torry Johnson said his office received information from Mississippi authorities that indicated some of the marijuana found with Levy might have been evidence taken from the medical examiner’s office.

Johnson asked the TBI to investigate whether evidence, which could include marijuana, was missing from the medical examiner’s office.

Information from that investigation led to the official misconduct charge against Levy in Davidson County.

Levy is set to appear before Judge Seth Norman at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Levy was charged last week via what’s known as “criminal information,” which according to the district attorney’s website often is prepared ahead of a guilty plea by the defendant.

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners ruled last week that Levy could keep his medical license.