Doctor approves of ill inmate sitting up during execution

Allowing a condemned killer with health problems to partially sit up during his execution next month would be a “reasonable” accommodation, according to a doctor working for Ohio’s prison system.

Death row inmate Alva Campbell became mildly agitated when officials tried lowering him to a normal execution position in an Oct. 19 test, according to a medical review by Dr. James McWeeney, a contractor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

McWeeney noted there were no objective findings such as increased pulse rate or breathing to corroborate Campbell’s anxiety.

“Nevertheless, given the events observed at this examination and the patient’s underlying pulmonary and mental health disorders, it would be reasonable to make an accommodation for the patient during the execution process that would permit him to lay in a semi-recumbent position,” the doctor wrote.

McWeeney also said a prison nurse’s exam failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell’s arms.

In 2009, problems placing an IV in the arms of death row inmate Romell Broom led to the cancellation of the execution after almost two hours and 18 needle sticks. Broom remains on death row, arguing in court the state shouldn’t be allowed a second attempt to execute him.

Campbell is scheduled to die Nov. 15 for fatally shooting teenager Charles Dials during a 1997 carjacking.

Campbell, 69, has severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of a decades-long two-pack-a-day smoking habit that finally stopped nine years ago, the doctor said.

Campbell’s attorneys also say he uses a walker, relies on an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer.

Campbell’s health problems “could create a spectacle of a terminally ill man, with tourniquets on his arms and legs, being stabbed repeatedly to no avail,” defense attorney David Stebbins said Monday.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said it “has taken Campbell’s medical conditions under consideration for planning of possible accommodations for his execution.”

Campbell was regularly beaten, sexually abused and tortured as a child, Stebbins and other attorneys argued in court filings and before the Ohio Parole Board.

The board rejected Campbell’s request for mercy earlier this month. Republican Gov. John Kasich, who has spared some inmates while rejecting clemency for others, has the final say.

Prosecutors say Campbell’s health claims are ironic given he faked paralysis to escape court custody the day he killed Dials.

Campbell was paroled in 1992 after serving 20 years for killing a man in a Cleveland bar. On April 2, 1997, Campbell was in a wheelchair when he overpowered a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy on the way to a court hearing on several armed robbery charges, records show.

Campbell took the deputy’s gun, carjacked the 18-year-old Dials and drove around with him for several hours before shooting him twice in the head as Dials crouched in the footwell of his own truck, according to court records.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien calls Campbell “the poster child for the death penalty.”


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This story has been corrected to say that a prison nurse, not doctor, found veins suitable for IV insertion.

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Erika Hurt: Indiana Woman Says She’s One Year Sober After Heroin OD Photo Went Viral

Erika Hurt: Indiana Woman Says She's One Year Sober After Heroin OD Photo Went Viral

One year ago, Indiana resident Erika Hurt was fighting a losing battle against heroin addiction. And while a viral photo of someone slumped back in their car after a drug overdose could be a source of great embarrassment and scandal, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it reportedly convinced the 26-year-old mother to turn her life around and get clean.

According to a report from the New York Post, the incident happened on October 22, 2016, when Hurt was found in the parking lot of a Dollar General, passed out in her car with a needle in her hand. As his mother apparently suffered from a heroin overdose, Hurt’s infant son Parker was shown in the picture as well, crying in the back seat.

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UK mortgage approvals edge lower, consumer lending robust

LONDON, (Reuters) – Britain’s housing market and consumer economy kept most of their momentum last month, lending figures from the Bank of England showed on Monday, leaving the central bank on track to raise interest rates for the first time in more than a decade on Thursday.

A crane is seen above some high rise building construction works at Lewisham, in London, Britain October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The number of mortgages approved for house purchase fell to a three-month low in September at 66,232 from an upwardly revised 67,232 in August, slightly above economists’ average forecast for it to slip to 66,050 in a Reuters poll.

The growth rate in unsecured consumer lending nudged down to 9.9 percent on a year-on-year basis in September from 10.0 percent in August, matching July’s growth.

In cash terms, net consumer lending rose by 1.606 billion pounds last month, a fraction above the highest forecast in a Reuters poll.

Last month the BoE said British lenders needed to hold an extra 10 billion pounds of capital to guard against consumer loans going sour, as it was concerned that banks had overestimated the creditworthiness of their borrowers.

Government data on Friday showed that personal insolvencies rose to a five-year high in the third quarter.

Official data last week showed an unexpected pick-up in gross domestic product growth to a quarterly rate of 0.4 percent in the third quarter – still well below its long-run trend, but an improvement after the weakest first half since 2012.

Moreover, with inflation at a five-year high of 3.0 percent and unemployment at its lowest in more than 40 years, the BoE looks on track to raise interest rates on Thursday for the first time since 2007, reversing a rate cut made in August 2016.

The initial impact of raising rates back to 0.5 percent – their level for seven years until August 2016’s rate cut – may be muted for most Britons.

Less than 30 percent of households have mortgages, and 60 percent of these are fixed-rate, compared with just 30 percent 15 years ago. For the average borrower with a variable rate mortgage, interest payments will rise by 180 pounds ($ 237) a year if rates return to 0.5 percent, according to mortgage lender Nationwide.

Mortgage lending, which lags behind approvals, rose by 3.848 billion pounds in September and is 3.2 percent higher on the year. Mortgage and consumer lending combined is up 4.0 percent.

Britain’s housing market has slowed since June 2016’s vote to leave the European Union, especially in London and neighbouring parts of England.

Reporting by David Milliken and Andrew MacAskill

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HSBC hit by second online banking outage in four days

LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC (HSBA.L) suffered its second online banking outage in four days in Britain on Monday, as customers complained on social media that they could not log in.

FILE PHOTO: The HSBC bank logo is seen at their offices in the Canary Wharf financial district in London, Britain, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause/File Photo

HSBC said it had resolved the problem, which lasted around 30 minutes and was due to a temporary technical issue.

HSBC customers had also said on Friday they were unable to access online accounts, when many were expecting pay cheques.

The bank said that disruption was caused by a scheduled upgrade which failed to complete properly.

Disruption to online and mobile services has become more of a problem for banks in recent years, as lenders cut branch networks and steer customers towards those digital platforms.

Reporting by Lawrence White; editing by Alexander Smith

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UK consumer confidence slips in October – GfK

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – British consumers turned slightly more gloomy in October as they remained downbeat about the economy, although they continued to splash out on major purchases, a survey showed on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Men’s hair and grooming products are seen on display for sale at a barber shop in London, Britain, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

The monthly consumer sentiment index from market research firm GfK eased to -10 this month from -9 in September, matching the consensus from a Reuters poll of economists, and continued to hover near a three-year low.

The survey has shown little change over the past five months and the latest reading will probably do little to alter the analysis of Bank of England policymakers meeting this week to set interest rates.

Economists polled by Reuters expect the BoE will raise rates this Thursday for the first time in more than 10 years.

“As concerns about the wider economic prospects for the UK economy dampen our outlook, consumers are showing no real ‘get-up-and-go’,” GfK analyst Joe Staton said..

Nonetheless, consumers’ appetite for spending on big-ticket items inched up to a five-month high, GfK said.

“Our enthusiasm for spending … is more worrying than reassuring,” Staton said.

“Surging credit card use is fuelling spending at the expense of our appetite for saving, which is growing at the slowest rate since the start of the 2008/2009 financial crisis.”

BoE data on Monday showed that unsecured consumer lending continued to rise at an annual rate of close to 10 percent in September.

Last month the BoE said British lenders needed to hold an extra 10 billion pounds of capital to guard against consumer loans going sour, as it was concerned that banks had overestimated the creditworthiness of their borrowers.

GfK carried out its survey between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 on behalf of the European Commission, and polled 2,043 Britons.

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Watch live: Sanders holds White House news briefing

Oct. 31 (UPI) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will hold a press briefing Tuesday afternoon — her second since the indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

On Monday, Sanders tried to steer the news conference toward Republican plans to reform the nation’s tax code. Instead, reporters mostly asked Sanders questions relating to the indictment of Manafort and business associate Rick Gates, the guilty plea of campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and special counsel Robert Mueller‘s special probe into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Sanders said the indictments and guilty plea have “nothing to do with the President’s campaign or campaign activity.

“The real collusion scandal, as we’ve said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS, and Russia,” she said.

Sanders’ news conference Tuesday is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. EDT.

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