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San Diego Jail Nurses Must Face Widow’s Civil Rights Suit

Jan. 14, 2021, 1:31 AM

A trio of San Diego Central Jail nurses aren’t entitled to qualified immunity from claims that they failed to provide adequate medical care to a man who overdosed and died while in custody, the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday, reviving a civil rights lawsuit brought by his widow.

Ronnie Sandoval had ingested “several hundred times the typical recreational dose” of methamphetamine to hide it from discovery before being booked into the county jail in 2014, according to Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw’s majority opinion for a partially split panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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