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Expert Witnesses Speak at Trial of Charlotte Doctor

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CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WLNS) - The trial for Dr. Kassem Hallak, the Charlotte doctor charged with inappropriately touching 10 of his patients, continued Wednesday.

Expert witnesses from both sides addressed the jury.

The prosecution claims the doctor sexually abused 10 of his patients between 2002 and 2010, but Hallak's attorney maintains what certain alleged victims call sexual misconduct, his client calls regular medical practice.

"I can't tell from this he did anything improper. It sounds like a variation of what's common out there," said John Shufeldt, a medical expert published in medical journals for techniques for giving shots. He says one of those methods include "a pinch and massage, before and after the shot."

Grant Greenberg, the prosecution's expert, also acknowledged the practice as legitimate, but not very common. He testified the ethical standard in the case isn't Hallak's methods, but rather his intention, citing examples of his actions.

Hallak faces 11 counts of criminal sexual conduct, including a 2nd degree charge which involves a minor under the age of 13. That girl and her mother testified in court on Tuesday.

The trial is expected to continue Friday. Four more alleged victims are still expected to testify against Hallak.

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