Since his conviction on Monday of aggravated sexual assault, prosecutors have called witnesses – seven former patients and employees – who testified about alleged sexual misconduct by Dr. Calvin Day.
On Friday, it was a different story, as Day’s lawyers called witnesses in the punishment phase of the once prominent dermatologist's trial.
Day is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
“It’s a shame to lose somebody that’s capable of saving so many lives,” said Mike Burris, a former patient. “He saved my life and that of other members of my family.”
In spite of Day’s conviction, Mary Beth Male, a nurse who once worked for Day, said she would continue to refer patients to him if given a chance.
“I would recommend people to Dr. Day because I never make the assumption that those things are true,” she said.
Male said she was referring to the allegations made by prosecution witnesses including the woman for whom Day was convicted of sexually assaulting in a back room at his office in 2010.
Defense testimony is expected to wrap up on Monday at which time the jury will begin to deliberate Day’s punishment.