$550 million awarded in lawsuit linking cancer, baby powder | Boston.com

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly two dozen women who claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer were awarded $550 million in damages Thursday by a St. Louis jury in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder.

Punitive damages are still to be decided for the 22 plaintiffs in a case that began June 4 in St. Louis Circuit Court.

Plaintiffs’ lawyer Mark Lanier told the jurors during closing arguments Wednesday that this case was the first where jurors saw documents showing that Johnson & Johnson knew its products contained asbestos and didn’t warn consumers, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“Your voice is not just the voice of the community but the voice of the world,” Lanier said. “You don’t jack with people’s lives like this. … It’s just not right.”

Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement that the company was disappointed with the verdict but would not comment further until the punitive damages are announced.

The company has been sued by more than 9,000 women who claim its talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson has consistently denied that its products can be linked to the cancer.

Five previous cases have been decided and Johnson & Johnson has appealed those that it lost.

During closing arguments, Johnson & Johnson lawyer Peter Bicks said the company for years has exceeded industry standards in testing talcum powder for asbestos and cited several scientific studies and conclusions by U.S. government agencies that he said found the company’s products didn’t contain asbestos and were safe.

“Yes, this is terrible,” Bicks said of the women’s cancer. “But just because something terrible happened doesn’t mean Johnson & Johnson had anything to do with it.”

Six of the 22 plaintiffs in the latest trial have died from ovarian cancer. Five plaintiffs were from Missouri, with others from states that include Arizona, New York, North Dakota, California, Georgia, the Carolinas and Texas.

One of the plaintiffs, Gail Ingham, 73, of O’Fallon, Missouri, told The Post-Dispatch that she was diagnosed with stage-3 ovarian cancer in 1985 and underwent chemotherapy treatments, surgeries and drug treatments for a year before being declared cancer free in the early 1990s.

Ingham, who used baby powder for decades, said she joined the lawsuit because women who use baby powder “need to know what’s in there. They need to know what’s going on. Women need to know because they’re putting it on their babies.”

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Trump dishes up fresh dose of chaos aimed at May, Londoners

Dishing up a fresh dose of chaos on his European tour, President Donald Trump left behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moved on to Britain, where a pomp-filled welcome ceremony was soon overshadowed by an interview in which Trump blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London’s mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was “losing its culture” because of immigration.

Trump, in an interview with The Sun newspaper, said he felt unwelcome in London because of protests, including plans to fly a giant balloon over Parliament on Friday that depicts him as an angry baby in a diaper.

“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” he said.

Trump, in the interview given before he left Brussels for the U.K., accused May of ruining what her country stands to gain from the Brexit vote to leave the European Union. He said her former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, would make an “excellent” prime minister, speaking just days after Johnson resigned his position in protest over May’s Brexit plans.

Trump added that May’s “soft” blueprint for the U.K.’s future dealings with the EU would probably “kill” any future trade deals with the United States.

“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the U.K., so it will probably kill the deal,” Trump told the paper.

Trump, who has compared his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of British voters supported leaving the EU, complained, “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on.”

He also told the tabloid that he’d shared advice with May during Britain’s negotiations with the EU and she ignored it.

Details from Trump’s interview with the paper became public as Trump was attending a black-tie dinner with May to welcome him to Britain with pomp and pageantry.

As for Johnson, Trump said: “I think he would be a great prime minister. I think he’s got what it takes.” He added, “I think he is a great representative for your country.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement after the tabloid interview was published, saying Trump “likes and respects Prime Minister May very much.

“As he said in his interview with the Sun she ‘is a very good person’ and he ‘never said anything bad about her.’ He thought she was great on NATO today and is a really terrific person,” Sanders wrote.

On Thursday night, hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the U.S. ambassador’s residence where Trump was staying on the outskirts of London, providing a preview of the forceful protests expected on Friday.

Trump acknowledged he didn’t feel welcome in the city, and blamed that in part on Mayor Sadiq Khan, who gave protesters permission to fly the 20-foot-tall balloon depicting Trump as an angry baby.

Trump also blamed recent terrorist attacks there on Khan, who is a Muslim. The president claimed Europe is “losing its culture” because of immigration from the Middle East and Africa.

“Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a sham,” he said. “I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way.”

In sharp contrast to the president’s sharp words, Trump’s first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership. That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the U.K.

Trump’s Marine One departure from the ambassador’s residence was met by jeers from demonstrators banging pots and pans, and another pack of protesters lined roads near the palace. Some of their signs read “Dump Trump,” ”Lock Him Up” and “There Will Be Hell Toupee.” Police worked overtime, their days off cancelled.

Trump was greeted at the palace by May, whose government has been rocked by resignations from ongoing tumult over Brexit.

The outdoor arrival ceremony at Blenheim — Trump wore a tuxedo and first lady Melania Trump a butter-yellow, chiffon, off-the-shoulder gown — was a grand affair marked by a military band in bearskin hats, hundreds of business leaders in black tie and gorgeous setting sunlight.

The mood was far less jovial in Belgium earlier in the day.

During his 28 hours there, Trump had disparaged longtime NATO allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into a frenzied emergency session.

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a “fine-tuned machine” that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the U.S. budget. But there was little evidence other leaders had bowed to his wishes on that front.

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to boost their defense budgets significantly and reaffirmed — after days of griping that the U.S. was being taken advantage of by its allies — that the U.S. remains faithful to the accord.

“The United States’ commitment to NATO remains very strong,” Trump told reporters at a surprise news conference following the emergency session of NATO members.

Neither Trump nor NATO offered specifics on what Trump said he had achieved. French President Emmanuel Macron quickly disputed Trump’s claim that NATO allies had agreed to boost defense spending beyond their existing goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2024.

“There is a communique that was published yesterday; it’s very detailed,” Macron said. “It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. That’s all.”

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Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Darlene Superville and Ken Thomas in Washington contributed to this report.

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Douglas County Republicans lock horns in dispute over commissioner seat – The Denver Post

In an unusual development that has exposed a rift among Republicans in what is one of Colorado’s reddest counties, lame-duck Commissioner Diane Holbert this week rebuffed a request by a colleague to step down to make room for the GOP candidate who is running for her seat this November.

The request by Commissioner Lora Thomas that Holbert temporarily return to her role as Douglas County treasurer to free up her seat for Abe Laydon, who won the June 26 GOP primary for that race, was made Tuesday at the commissioners’ meeting.

The suggestion was shot down immediately by Holbert, a Republican who was chosen commissioner by party officials in April after David Weaver left the board to become U.S. marshal for the District of Colorado.

“I was duly elected through the vacancy process — I am not a temporary commissioner,” Holbert said at the meeting. “It’s not a unique or temporary type one-off situation.”

Holbert lost to Laydon last month in the primary and Thomas said that election — where nearly 20,000 residents chose Laydon as the nominee as opposed to the 200 or so votes Holbert got from the Republican vacancy committee two months earlier — more genuinely reflects who the electorate wants.

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Global investors rattled as all-out trade war moves step closer | Business

Global investors have been rattled after a threat by the Trump administration to impose 10% duties on $200bn (£151bn) of imports prompted protests from Beijing and brought an all-out trade war a step closer.

Stock markets headed lower in the US, Asia and Europe on Wednesday as the US warned that it would press ahead with further tariffs and China promised to “fight back as usual” with “firm and forceful measures” if they were enacted.

The FTSE 100 finished the day 100 points lower at 7,591, down 1.3%, while the Dax slipped 1.5% in Germany and the Dow Jones dropped 180 points, or 0.7%, in early trading. The Shanghai stock market hit 2,777, down 1.8% on the previous day and about 25% on the year so far.

The US administration released a wide-ranging list of Chinese goods that could be hit by new tariffs after a two-month consultation, including hundreds of food products as well as tobacco, coal, chemicals and tyres, pet food, and consumer electronics including television components. Some of the more eccentric items on the list included frog legs and anvils.

The US-China trade spat started in earnest last week after the US formally implemented $34bn worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, including boats, aircraft engines and nuclear reactors. Beijing retaliated with countermeasures of a similar value that targeted soybeans, tobacco and cars.

“For over a year, the Trump administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition,” said the US trade representative, Robert Lighthizer. Referring to the Chinese retaliation on Friday, he added: “Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate against US products … There is no justification for such action.”

On Wednesday, China responded to the further threat of tariffs, which would be on top of two other rounds of levies, by saying “irrational US actions” were hurting the world as well as the US. Officials said China would seek support from the international community to resist “trade hegemony”.

China’s ministry of commerce said: “China is shocked by US’s behaviour. In order to safeguard the core interests of the country and the people, China will have to fight back as usual.”

Li Chenggang, an assistant minister at the ministry, said at a forum in Beijing that the latest US proposals interfered with the globalisation of the world economy and that China’s support for a multilateral trade system would not change.

China has repeatedly said it is more prepared for a trade war than the US. An English-language editorial in the state-run China Daily said: “If Trump launches an all-out trade war, the US economy and society may not be able to withstand the impact of countermeasures from China and other economies.”

Chinese investors and companies have been worried about a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Before the tariffs implemented last week, the Shanghai Composite had fallen to a two-year low. China exports aabout $500bn worth of goods to the US a year while it imports about $130bn worth of US goods, giving the US more leverage in the strict confines of a battle over the costs of traded goods.

Ma Jun, a former chief economist at China’s central bank, told the Xinhua news agency: “There are still all kinds of uncertainty over whether the tariffs will be imposed and on what products.”

Donald Trump has said he may ultimately impose tariffs on more than $500bn worth of Chinese goods. There are no signs of talks between the two sides.

Some US business groups and senior lawmakers criticised the latest action, with the Republican chair of the Senate finance committee, Orrin Hatch, saying it “appears reckless and is not a targeted approach”.

The US Chamber of Commerce, which has supported Trump’s tax cuts and efforts to reduce regulation of businesses, also criticised the administration’s move.

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“Tariffs are taxes, plain and simple. Imposing taxes on another $200bn worth of products will raise the costs of everyday goods for American families, farmers, ranchers, workers, and job creators. It will also result in retaliatory tariffs, further hurting American workers,” a spokeswoman said.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, a lobby group representing the largest US retailers, said: “The president has broken his promise to bring maximum pain on China, minimum pain on consumers.”

Hun Quach, the head of international trade policy for the group, said: “American families are the ones being punished. Consumers, businesses and the American jobs dependent on trade are left in the crosshairs of an escalating global trade war.”

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Douglas County Republicans lock horns in dispute over commissioner seat – The Denver Post

In an unusual development that has exposed a rift among Republicans in what is one of Colorado’s reddest counties, lame-duck Commissioner Diane Holbert this week rebuffed a request by a colleague to step down to make room for the GOP candidate who is running for her seat this November.

The request by Commissioner Lora Thomas that Holbert temporarily return to her role as Douglas County treasurer to free up her seat for Abe Laydon, who won the June 26 GOP primary for that race, was made Tuesday at the commissioners’ meeting.

The suggestion was shot down immediately by Holbert, a Republican who was chosen commissioner by party officials in April after David Weaver left the board to become U.S. marshal for the District of Colorado.

“I was duly elected through the vacancy process — I am not a temporary commissioner,” Holbert said at the meeting. “It’s not a unique or temporary type one-off situation.”

Holbert lost to Laydon last month in the primary and Thomas said that election — where nearly 20,000 residents chose Laydon as the nominee as opposed to the 200 or so votes Holbert got from the Republican vacancy committee two months earlier — more genuinely reflects who the electorate wants.

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Miami schools chief revises property tax referendum language

Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has eliminated vague ballot language that his office added to a proposed property tax referendum after School Board members complained that they never discussed funding a third initiative.

With all but one board member present, the board unanimously voted June 27 to authorize district staff to craft ballot language for the November general election ballot that would raise property taxes for four years. They agreed to use the funds raised solely to compensate teachers, their top priority, and to fund school safety personnel and said they’d consider approval of the language at their July 18 meeting

But when the agenda for their July meeting was posted online Wednesday, some school board members were taken aback at language added that would use referendum funds for “innovative programs.”

“The whole conversation has been to give better salaries for teachers who were so deserving and increase safety and security for students,” said chairwoman Perla Tabares-Hantman. “I think they did that thinking they could get away with that, but it didn’t work. I think this was not the right thing to do.”

Carvalho’s office announced its decision to revise the item to media and board members Thursday night after the Miami Herald published a story online earlier in the day quoting five board members who said they never discussed using the referendum to raise money for “innovative programs.” His office said the decision was based on board member feedback.

Carvalho told the Miami Herald he added that language as a placeholder for priorities previously expressed by the board, such as art, music, additional school counselors and bilingual programs.

“The board meeting that authorized me bringing the board language did not authorize the language itself,” said Carvalho, who said he had the board’s current and past priorities in mind. “In light of additional conversation with the board, it is clear… that the board is definitely interested in two specific issues. They’re not interested in this point as addressing previously declared priorities.”

Those details, however, were not clearly explained in the item containing the ballot language that was posted online. The revised board item will be posted Friday morning, according to spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, and will also include language on the referendum that would form an oversight committee, which board members supported but was left out of the original item.

Carvalho’s revisions were met with mixed reaction.

Board member Steve Gallon, who said his phone had been ringing off the hook with “incensed” callers, called the ambiguous language of “innovation programs” a black hole.

“I can’t express appreciation to anyone for doing something that they should’ve done in the beginning, and that is, adhere to the intent and spirit of the board as expressed in the prior board meeting,” he said. “The board was very clear.”

“I really think that the item that was published tried to give us maximum flexibility, but in light of the conversation that occurred in the workshop, we were very specific,” said board member Lubby Navarro. “Those are the areas I feel are our priority right now.”

Board members were pleased with the added language of the oversight committee, a common practice among other school districts that have had ballot referendums to raise more for school initiatives.

“Accountability and transparency are of utmost importance,” said board member Mari Tere Rojas.

“The more focused we are, the more specific and the inclusion of details, I think that’s the right thing for our voters to earn their trust,” said vice chairman Martin Karp. “But also as a board member, I would not go out to the community and have these conversations if I couldn’t tell people what they could expect.”

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The board will meet Wednesday to vote on whether to approve language that would increase property taxes by 75 cents per thousand dollars in taxable value, which would raise $232 million, or $142 this year for the typical homeowner. How the funds will be allocated will be discussed by the board at the meeting.

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Stormy Daniels: charges over strip club performance in Ohio dropped, lawyer says | US news

Charges against Stormy Daniels, who was arrested on Wednesday at a strip club in Ohio for engaging in physical contact with patrons, have been dropped.

Her attorney said she was “set-up” in a Columbus police sting operation, calling it an “absurd use of law enforcement resources”. Police said they routinely conduct such undercover operations.

The adult film actor, who claims she had sex with Donald Trump, was performing at Sirens strip club in Columbus when she was touched in a “non-sexual” way, according to her lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

After the performance of her “Make America Horny Again” show, Daniels was arrested by undercover officers, Avenatti said.

On Thursday, Avenatti tweeted that the actor would enter not guilty pleas to three misdemeanour charges. Later that day, he said the charges had been dropped, and thanked prosecutors.

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I am pleased to report that the charges against my client @stormydaniels have been dismissed in their entirety (below motion was just granted). I want to thank Joe Gibson & his colleagues at the prosecutors ofc for their professionalism starting with our first call early this am. pic.twitter.com/xHPSWsyqM2


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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was held overnight on Wednesday and released at around 6am on Thursday morning after posting a bail bond of $6,000.

An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who is not a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer, and prohibits dancers from touching customers. Avenatti did not deny that Daniels had allowed herself to be touched.

The Columbus Dispatch reported last year that the 2007 law, introduced by a conservative religious group, was seldom enforced.

A prosecutor’s memo provided by Avenatti said an Ohio illegal touching law could not be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club. The law refers to someone “who regularly appears nude or seminude” at a club.

Stormy Daniels in West Hollywood.



Stormy Daniels in West Hollywood. Photograph: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

The Columbus police chief, Kim Jacobs, said “one element of the law was missed in error”.

“A mistake was made, and I accept full responsibility,” she said.

Officers were well within their area of responsibility when making the arrests, she added. But she said the officers’ motivations will be reviewed internally. Without providing details, she said unsubstantiated allegations about their motivations were circulating on social media.

Daniels’ lawyer called for an investigation into the arrest, saying some of the officers had what appeared to be “very pro-Trump” social media pages. The lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tweeted screenshots from what he claimed was the Facebook page of one officer with a pseudonym and asked people to help confirm it.

Before the charges were dropped, Avenatti said in a tweet that the arrest was “a setup & politically motivated” and “reeks of desperation”. He added: “We will fight all bogus charges.”

Police said two other dancers were arrested along with Daniels. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue charges against those women.

Police said Daniels’ arrest was part of a long-term human trafficking investigation of adult clubs. Franklin county municipal court records show 23 similar cases this year, including the charges against Daniels.

Avenatti, who has been a familiar face on US cable TV since becoming Daniels’ attorney, claimed Daniels performed the same act at Sirens that she had performed at nearly 100 strip clubs across the US.

A person who answered the phone at the strip club declined to comment.

Daniels has claimed she had sex with Trump in 2006, when he was married. Trump has denied any sexual relationship with Daniels.



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PFCs are contaminating north metro Denver groundwater and flowing into a drinking-water system that supplies 50,000 residents

Drinking-water well tests in north metro Denver have detected perfluorinated chemicals contamination at levels up to 32 times higher than a federal health advisory limit, forcing utility officials to dilute the tainted supply before it reaches people.

South  Adams County Water and Sanitation District officials in early July conducted the tests and detected the perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, in 24 samples drawn from 12 municipal wells along Quebec Parkway near Interstate 270 — wells that feed up to 2,000 gallons a minute into district supplies for 50,000 residents across 65 square miles.

This is the first time PFCs — known to have contaminated water south of Colorado Springs — have been detected in municipal wells in metro Denver.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials on Thursday issued a notice but provided few details, saying the test data was proprietary and that state experts were not available. The Denver Post confirmed the contamination in talks with South Adams County Water and Tri-County Health Department officials.

“These were municipal supply wells. The range we found was 24 parts per trillion (ppt) to 2,280 ppt,” said Kipp Scott, the district’s water system manager.

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DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell having breakout summer league with Denver Nuggets

LAS VEGAS — Sometimes Illinois State coach Dan Muller worries when his players take their professional basketball careers overseas, wondering how they will adapt to a new culture and living across an ocean from their families.

But when DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell joined Denmark’s Bakken Bears in 2016, the coach knew Akoon-Purcell was ready for the adventure. He had already moved from Orlando to rural Oklahoma to Normal, Illinois. He always reacted to hard coaching with a steady demeanor. And the way he figured out how to train his dog or repair his own car without asking for help reminded Muller of a man twice Akoon-Purcell’s age.

“He’s got a natural maturity about him,” Muller said of Akoon-Purcell. “He’s very simple as far as what he needs in life, and that carries over with success. He doesn’t need a lot. He just needs a ball.”

Akoon-Purcell is one of the “great surprises” of the Nuggets’ summer league team, which plays its final game in Las Vegas Friday night against Minnesota. The athletic shooting guard with defensive versatility and a ferocious offensive approach has averaged 12 points, two rebounds, 1.5 assists and two steals in 19.3 minutes per game, making his case for a two-way NBA contract with Denver or another team watching from the Cox Pavilion on UNLV’s campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” Akoon-Purcell said of his mindset in Las Vegas. “I didn’t know if I was gonna play two minutes or 20 minutes (per game). Just whatever opportunity they gave me, I took advantage of it.

“I just come in and play as hard as I can, and that’s what makes the minutes increase. As long as I keep doing the same thing, it should only be good things from here.”

Akoon-Purcell was not a defensive dynamo when he arrived at Illinois State from Eastern Oklahoma State, a junior college in a town called Wilburton with a population less than 3,000. But Muller always marveled at how Akoon-Purcell’s peak physical condition allowed him to maintain his competitive scorer’s mentality. He immediately became the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year, and averaged 13.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and one steal in his two seasons at the school.

“He steps on the court and he thinks he can get buckets against anybody,” Muller said of Akoon-Purcell’s collegiate career. “That’s a gift. That’s important. A lot of guys, they have the talent to do it, but they don’t have that confidence level. DeVaughn always has.”

As a pro, Akoon-Purcell’s 6-foot-5 frame has bulked up to 200 pounds. He refined his skills and improved his outside shot. He became the top scorer and MVP of the Danish Basketligaen League in 2017 and won his second consecutive championship earlier this year.

Now Akoon-Purcell relishes being a disruptive defender, using his long wingspan, body control and constant energy to deflect passes. He told point guard Monte Morris on the first day of summer league mini-camp “I’m gonna ride with you. I’m a dog.” Morris, who acknowledges he did not know anything about Akoon-Purcell at the time, responded with a sly “Alright, we’ll see in Vegas.”

In Denver’s opening win over Minnesota, coach Jordi Fernandez quickly lauded Akoon-Purcell’s activity and communication on that end of the floor. In Saturday’s breakout effort over Boston, he compiled three steals and 19 points — including a strong finish at the rim that caused Nuggets coach Michael Malone to peek over the elevated press seats on the baseline to praise Akoon-Purcell’s aggressive style. While starting in place of an injured Malik Beasley in Monday’s victory over Milwaukee, Akoon-Purcell went 3-of-4 from 3-point distance and finished with 18 points.

But the moment that perhaps most impressed Fernandez? An intangible hustle play Monday night, when Akoon-Purcell lost the ball on offense but quickly recovered on the other end of the floor to take possession back.

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WA man appeals sentence after being jailed for selling lethal drug to mate

Wadeson was jailed for two years in the WA District Court last month after being convicted of supplying a prohibited drug and possessing unlawfully obtained cash.

But Wadeson and his lawyer Shash Nigam are now appealing the two year term on the basis it was “manifestly excessive” given Wadeson’s guilty plea, his youth and the overall circumstances of the offending.

The grounds of the appeal — obtained by WAtoday — also argues the sentencing Judge should have suspended the term that was imposed.

At Wadeson’s sentencing hearing last month the court was told the 20-year-old sold the drug to his friend in a car park between 7.30pm and midnight for $20 and warned him not to take it all at once.

But Mr De Bie took the drug — similar to LSD — all in one go and was found dead in the park the next morning.

Wadeson, who was 18 at the time he sold the drug, was described in court by those close to him as a polite and respectful young man.

The court was told he also sold various drugs to “survive” and that it was his primary source of income.

Since the incident Wadeson had received death threats and had been “living a nightmare”, Mr Nigam told the court.

He was granted parole eligibility.

In handing down the two-year jail term Judge Amanda Burrows stressed she was not sentencing Wadeson for the death of Mr De Bie, but for supplying the illegal drug to him.

“I accept this has affected you greatly,” she said at the time.

“(But) you were aware this was a dangerous drug.

“You knew how potent this drug was. You’d taken it yourself. This was not a one-off supply.”

Phil is a Fairfax Media journalist based in Western Australia and covers court, crime and police

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