Judge dismisses lawsuit against former Ohio prison doctor

Pickaway Correctional Institution. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Pickaway Correctional Institution. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a former Ohio prison doctor who was sued after the 2011 suicide of an inmate under his care.

A Cincinnati-based prisoners’ rights group, 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.

Judge Edmund Sargus ruled Friday that Shank’s treatment of the inmate didn’t amount to deliberate indifference.

Sargus said the doctor had reasonably concluded that the medications he provided hadn’t worked and also that Stamper had misused medication.

A prison system review after the suicide concluded Shank failed to do proper follow-up with patients and improperly stopped medication and treatment without first meeting with patients.

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