Raw: High-profile assault trial begins for Brown Hand Center founder


by khou.com staff


Posted on September 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 13 at 2:41 PM

HOUSTON – Opening arguments began Tuesday in the trial of a well-known Houston-area doctor, and high-profile celebrities are among witnesses being called to testify. Dr. Michael Glyn Brown – the now-retired founder of the Brown Hand Center – is accused of assaulting his wife.

The nanny for the Brown family and the responding officer took the stand Tuesday, and former Astros player Jeff Bagwell is expected to testify sometime this week.

According to court documents, Brown hurt his wife’s arm during an argument at their home in August of 2010.

Rachel Brown told police Dr. Brown grabbed her arm and twisted it behind her, as though he intended to break it.

The allegations against him are a far cry from the family-man image Dr. Brown presents in his ubiquitous commercials for the Brown Hand Center.

In the ads, Dr. Brown appears with his wife and children, pledging that patients at the Brown Hand Center will be treated just like he treats his own family.

Rachel Brown’s lawyers painted a different portrait Tuesday. They said after Brown’s wife confronted him with her suspicions of his alleged affair, he became enraged. He began to chase her around their home, hurled multiple vases at her, then physically assaulted her with "a crazed look in his eye."

It wasn’t his first run-in with the law. The doctor pleaded no contest to assaulting his ex-wife in 2002 and received deferred adjudication.

Dr. Brown, who was born in Galena Park, founded the Brown Hand Center in Houston in 1988 and has invented a number of hand-surgery techniques, including the patented Brown Procedure for carpel tunnel syndrome.

The judge will sentence Brown if he’s convicted, rather than the jury. He could face up to 10 years in prison.