A conservative think tank in Arizona is sparring with the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure over access to records of the investigation into an Edwards doctor who practices out of his car.

The Goldwater Institute has asked the state board for records related to Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum. Landrum is an 88-year-old general practicioner who treats patients from his Toyota Camry. He told The Clarion-Ledger last month he often charges little to nothing because most of his patients are indigent. The most he’s ever charged a patient is $45, Landrum said.

Goldwater Institute attorney Christina Sandefur said Wednesday that the licensure board had indicated it would not turn over either some or all of its records, which she said conflicts with state law requiring broad disclosure of government agency records. “We’ve asked them to put their reasoning in writing,” she said.

Landrum said in January that he had received notice from the board that his license was in jeopardy because he had written prescriptions at several Hinds County businesses. The board wanted him to surrender his license, Landrum said, or face a public hearing. Landrum has said he told the board he did not intend to surrender his license.

The Goldwater Institute wants the documents that outline how the licensure board reached that conclusion. “The Board has harassed and threatened Dr. Landrum, but so far they have not provided a valid legal reason for demanding that he immediately surrender his medical license,” Sandefur said. “That’s why we requested the records – to ensure that the process is transparent and that the Board isn’t using hollow threats to intimidate Dr. Landrum into relinquishing his license and leaving his patients in the lurch.”

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