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Court revives lawsuit against former Ohio prison doctor

Published: September 22, 2016 11:53 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court has revived a lawsuit against a former Ohio prison doctor who was sued after the 2011 suicide of an inmate under his care.

The Ohio Justice and Policy Center alleged inmate Gregory Stamper was in severe pain from damage to his nervous system but had been refused medication by Dr. Myron Shank to help ease the pain.

A federal judge said last year the doctor reasonably concluded the medications he provided hadn’t worked, and also that Stamper had misused medication.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed in a ruling last week, finding that sufficient evidence exists that Shank’s treatment of the inmate amounted to deliberate indifference.

The case now returns to the lower court.

The Attorney General’s Office, representing Shank, declined to comment.


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