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Prison death case before Vt. Supreme Court

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Lawyers have argued before the Vermont Supreme Court over who should pay for the legal defense against any claims made in the 2009 death of a woman who was denied medication in jail.

Ashley Ellis of Castleton died two days after arriving at the St. Albans jail for a 30-day sentence. Officials say the 23-year-old Ellis wasn't given medicine to treat a heart condition related to an eating disorder.

The Rutland Herald reports Ellis' estate reached a settlement with a company providing medical services inside Vermont's prisons.

The estate also sued the state Corrections Department. But the department had argued the company, not the state, has a duty to defend the department in court.

The company would be indemnified from further claims under an agreement with the estate.

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