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High court backs Va. agency probing abuse of the mentally ill

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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for an independent Virginia agency to sue the state to uncover abuse and neglect of people in state institutions for the mentally ill or developmentally disabled.

The 6-2 decision on Tuesday for the first time allows a state agency to sue another arm of the state government in federal court to enforce federal law.

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