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New Trial Ordered In Suicide Malpractice Suit

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By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s second-highest court has overturned a jury verdict and ordered a new trial in the case of a woman’s suicide at a psychiatric hospital that caters to celebrities.

The state Appellate Court on Monday threw out the January 2008 verdict in favor of Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan and one of its psychiatrists. They were found not liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit for the 2002 suicide of 41-year-old Ruth Farrell of Westport.

The court ruled that the trial judge improperly denied a request by lawyers for Farrell’s estate to ask jurors if they were influenced in any way by a New York Times story about the case.

The Silver Hill has treated many celebrities for mental health and addiction issues, including Billy Joel and Mariah Carey.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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