A lawsuit that says New York state officials, including former
Gov. George Pataki, supported a policy to trim medical costs that led to
the denial of hepatitis treatment for some inmates can proceed to
trial, a judge has ruled.
In the decision entered in the public record Monday, U.S.
District Judge Raymond J. Dearie in Brooklyn ruled that a former
prisoner identified only as "K. Doe" had adequately asserted his $250
million claim that Pataki and other government officials created and
implemented a policy to withhold from state prisoners their positive
hepatitis status and deny treatment as a cost-saving measure.
Melissa Grace, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general's
office, which is representing the defendants, including Pataki, said the
office had no comment.
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