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Hornick case still on hold

Normally, prosecutors in New York are required to indict a defendant within six months of being charged, but the defense in Hornick's case has waived that speedy trial requirement. While the legal process moves forward, the doctor is feeling a financial pinch as a result of the case.

"David's Medicaid privileges have been suspended, and he won't be able to accept Medicaid patients until this is cleared-up," Sprotberry said. "It has really affected his practice. A lot of his patients were senior citizens who have very little money and can't afford to pay for their own medications without help from programs like Medicaid."

Public support for Hornick has been strong since his arrest, with dozens of patients and their families organizing in support of the doctor. Their most visible activity was a protest in front of a local daily newspaper office after publication of what supporters claim was an unfair news story.

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