Malachi Love-Robinson, a 19-year-old accused of practicing medicine without a license, got a new lawyer and a new trial date on Thursday.
Since attorney Leonard Feuer is new to the case, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx agreed to move Love-Robinson’s trial from July 18 to Sept. 6. But, she said, she wants no further delays. Because of the age of some of the alleged victims she said it’s imperative that the case be brought to trial quickly.
Love-Robinson, who attracted national attention and earned the moniker, “Dr. Love,” after his arrest in February on charges that he masqueraded as a physician, is also charged with stealing large sums of money from two elderly women.
While he was in court with his new attorney, he did not address Marx or reporters. He fired his former attorney on Monday and Marx gave him three days to hire a new one.
He has said he never pretended to be a medical doctor. He said he called himself a doctor because he earned a doctoral degree from the Universal Life Church Seminary, an online institution, according to documents released by the Florida Department of Health. According to the seminary’s website, anyone can buy a doctorate in divinity for $29.95.
He was arrested at his West Palm Beach holistic medicine practice. He rejected a plea deal that would send him to prison for three years. Prosecutors said the deal is still on the table.