- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal panel has once again rejected appeals by an ex-doctor sentenced to four life terms on charges stemming from the painkiller overdose deaths of four patients.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 Friday against Paul Volkman. He was convicted in Cincinnati in 2011 on federal charges including unlawful distribution of drugs and related counts at operations in southern Ohio.

Prosecutors said Volkman dispensed more of the powerful painkiller oxycodone in 2003-2005 than any other U.S. physician.

The court upheld Volkman’s conviction and sentence in 2013, but reconsidered the ex-doctor’s appeal after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a look at other evidence last year.

The ruling says Volkman breached the prime directive of his profession to do no harm.

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