Physicians are bound by a wide variety of rules which are legal, ethical, and professional in nature. The legal duties to which physicians are bound come from various sources, including statutes, case law, and the medical community itself. When a physician exercises bad or mistaken judgment, he or she can face various consequences, including malpractice liability, professional discipline, and sometimes even criminal prosecution.
A Northville physician is currently facing criminal prosecution in connection with a procedure commonly known as female genital mutilation. It is the first instance in which federal authorities are prosecuting such a case. The physician targeted in the case reportedly performed the procedure upon two 7-year-old daughters of a Livonia couple. The father himself is apparently a physician.