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OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) - A state
appellate judge said yesterday a con-
demned double slayer whose execution
wasn't stayed until two days after the
date a lower court had ordered him to
die was never in real danger of dying.
"But we don't like for this sort of
thing to happen," Tom Brett, presiding
judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals,
said of the mixup.
BRETT ISSUED a written order
yesterday, staying a lower court's or-
der which had set the execution of
James William White, 24, Gentry, Ark.,
for Monday, June 15.
White was found guilty on two counts
of first degree murder for the pistol
slaying of his former girlfriend and her
newly wed husband near Colcord,
Okla., in June, 1980.
Brett blamed a combination of
errors, including a computer
discrepancy, for the chain of events.
The state not only failed to execute
White, but an automatic appeal
required by law was never filed.
Brett had issued an oral stay Tuesday
night after United Press International
had called to inquire about White's
"There was little chance he would
have been executed," Brett said.
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methodologies to determine need and
THE PSC REPORT, Wicks said, "is
very unclear as to how they justify the
figures for need. It starts with the
assumption that the.present supply is
the appropriate and efficient one."
OHMA, Wicks said, used an existing
model of an efficient health care
delivery system, the Health Main-
tenance Organization as a basis for its
study. The figures OHMA projects for
1990-a 35 to 45 percent surplus-are
based upon changes to "an improved
delivery system that's more efficient
than the present one."
The PSC report criticizes OHMA for a
"16 percent error" in its figures for 1980
active physicians. OHMA includes a
count of doctors licensed in Michigan
but not currently practicing in the
state, and also includes active doctors
who are in administration, education,
and research-"some 7 percent not
engaged in patient care." This error
results in an overestimated surplus, the
PSC report says.
OHMA'S projection is based on a
more favorable economic climate, the
PSC report adds. "We believe that this
is a major drawback, since the
drastically changed economic climate
in Michigan will hamper recruitment
from dut of the state, and will pose a
serious obstacle to retaining physicians
in the state," Favermen says in the
"They assume physicians will even-
tually find Michigan an unattractive
place to practice. Our judgement is dif-
ferent," Wicks said, adding that
research has shown there is no
relationship between a "bad economic
climate" and retention of doctors in an
Gov. William Milliken has
established a task force to study
solutions to the maldistribution
problem, such as reimbursement
programs for doctors who choose to go
to underserved areas, according to
Eugenia Carpenter, an assistant
research scientist from the Univer-
sity's School of Public Health.
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