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SINGLE COPY Doctor's aid in injection violated ethics rule Physician helped insert the lethal tube in a breach of AMA's policy forbidding active role in an execution. By Sherri Edwards and Suzanne McBride STAFF WRITERS A medical doctor was in conflict with professional guidelines when he assisted an Indiana State Prison execution team in the lethal injection of Tommie J. Smith. Smith, 42, died early Thursday for his role in the 1980 slaying of Indianapolis police Sgt. Jack Ohrberg. A doctor pronounced Smith dead at 1:23 a.m., about half an hour after prison officials Sobering scene: What witnesses had to say about the execution. Page B1 had expected the condemned man to die. Generally, the only role a doctor plays in an execution is pronouncement, of death. Direct Involvement violates American Medical Association and Indiana State Medical Association positions. But because of the execution team's difficulty finding veins In Smith's arms, the doctor was asked to play a more active role. Authorities disclosed the involvement of the physician, a surgeon whom they would not identify, in describing the events leading to Smith's execution. Also Thursday: A spokesman said Gov. Evan Bayh was satisfied with how the exe- See DOCTOR Page 2

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  1. The Indianapolis Star,
  2. 19 Jul 1996, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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