Court rejects suit over unsupervised walks for psych patient

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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:00 am

A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a psychiatric patient who was barred from taking unsupervised walks on hospital grounds.

John Maxwell Montin's lawsuit accused Lincoln Regional Center administrators of arbitrarily depriving him of his liberty when they told him in 1996 that he could no longer walk the center's grounds alone. A Nebraska federal judge dismissed the lawsuit last year, ruling that revoking the solo walks did not deprive him of his due process and equal protection rights.

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