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4:50 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Judge denies government request in Wyatt death case

Providence, R.I. – A judge has denied the federal government's request to be dismissed from a lawsuit over the death of an immigration detainee in Rhode Island.

Hiu Lui ``Jason'' Ng died of advanced liver cancer in August 2008 in the custody of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility. A federal lawsuit filed by his widow accuses Wyatt staff of abusing and medically neglecting Ng, a Chinese computer engineer from New York who was detained for overstaying a visa.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked to be dismissed from the suit. The agency said it wasn't legally responsible for the actions of an independent contractor.

But U.S. District Judge William Smith denied the government's motion on Monday.