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A humanitarian award as a weapon? Strange twists in the Brown Hand Center doctor trial

A humanitarian award as a weapon? Strange twists in the Brown Hand Center doctor trial

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Michael Brown Courtesy of Harris County Sheriff's Office

It seems like such obvious advice, but if you've got a penchant for cocaine and beating up your wives (you know, allegedly), maybe you shouldn't put your family on television to advertise your business.

Opening statements in the trial of former hand surgeon Michael Brown began Tuesday for his alleged assault on wife Rachel dating from August 2010. According to reports from the arraignment, Brown is accused of "twisting his wife's arm forcefully behind her back as if attempting to break it" during an argument until his bodyguard intervened. In the first morning of the trial, prosecutors claimed that Brown threw two heavy vases and his 'Joanne Herring 2010 Humanitarian of the Year' award at his wife during the altercation at their home.

Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin characterized Rachel Brown as "enraged" during the altercation and claimed the charges are an attempt to get more of Brown's fortune, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Michael Brown is charged with a third degree felony assault based on a previous plea to assaulting previous wife Darlina while she was pregnant. Rachel Brown (who previously claimed that her husband regularly assaulted her between 2004 and 2006) filed for a restraining order against her husband after his August arrest and filed for divorce in January 2011.

For a longer look at Michael Brown's history of unstable behavior, check out this Houston Press cover story from 2002.

Brown rose to prominence after developing a new treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, and he owns Brown Hand Center clinics in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Brown "retired" from medical practice in 2006 after his medical license was revoked for testing positive for cocaine while on probation.