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Doctor’s Orders – He is ‘Above the Law’: Lethal Injection, Drug Crimes, & Robbery

In Montana, James S. Bischoff was only accused of being a bad doctor. In Idaho, he’s considered nothing short of a gun-toting highwayman.

Bischoff, 47, scandalized MT last year when he was charged with negligent homicide for giving 85-year-old Kathryn Dvarishkis a lethal injection, which caused her to have a fatal heart attack, a “mercy killing.”

Her family didn’t agree. Bischoff later agreed to serve two and a half years in prison (out of a possible 20) for the crime, as well as for the crime of prescribing 32,000 doses of Oxycontin, Adderal and other controlled substances that he couldn’t account for when asked to by Drug Enforcement Administration officials last year.

In Idaho, he walked into a bank wearing ski goggles and brandishing a handgun, while out on bail from the other crimes.

Bischoff has pleaded innocent, and is waiting for trial in jail on $750,000 bail.

[http://www.boiseweekly.com/gyroba/Content?oid=oid%3A156142; 30Nov0; N. Collias]