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Ruling: Ohio Doctor Can Be Sued in Inmate’s Suicide

A federal appeals court says an Ohio psychiatrist isn’t immune from being sued by the family of an inmate who killed himself in prison.

Psychiatrist Kenneth Tepe had argued that he should be immune from the 2009 lawsuit under a federal law that shields government officials from lawsuits in some cases.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that Tepe can be sued because he was employed by a private company while working at Butler County Prison in southwest Ohio.

Tepe did not immediately return a call for comment.

The lawsuit stems from the 2007 suicide of 19-year-old Timothy Hughes, who hanged himself in his Butler County Prison bed after the lawsuit says he was denied access to Tepe.

 

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