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Doctors Can’t Avoid Trial Over Inmate’s Death, 7th Circ. Says

Law360 (August 10, 2018, 10:57 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit reversed an order cutting two doctors for Illinois’ Lake County Jail from a suit over claims their conduct contributed to an inmate’s hunger-strike suicide, saying Friday that the trial judge should let the woman's estate make its case to a jury.

The unanimous three-judge panel said the estate of Lyvita Gomes, who died following a nearly two-week hunger strike she initiated after getting detained in Lake County Jail for failing to appear in court on a resisting-arrest charge, had "ample evidence" from which a jury could have found that the level of inaction from jail Drs. Rozel Elazegui...

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Appellate - 7th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3440 Other Civil Rights

Date Filed

March 22, 2017

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