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Sanford v. Commonwealth of Virginia
Citation:687 F.Supp.2d 591 (E.D. Va. 2009)
John Sanford (Plaintiff) died at a Virginia state-run hospital after receiving a kidney removal procedure. Sanford had a neurological condition, and when he hallucinated during the procedure, the hospital summoned police officers to restrain and handcuff him, resulting in his death. His estate sued the Commonwealth of Virginia (Defendant) in federal district court for gross negligence and other claims. The plaintiffs moved to disqualify the defendants’ lawyers for a conflict of interest, because the same lawyer represented both the Virginia police officers and the medical defendants.
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