Arguments to be Heard in RI Detainee Death Case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A federal judge in Rhode Island is set to hear arguments over whether to dismiss claims against a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer who met with an immigration detainee a month before he died of advanced liver cancer.

A U.S. District Court in Providence judge is scheduled to take up the request from ICE Detentions Operations Coordinator Lawrence Smith on Wednesday.

Smith wants a judge to dismiss claims that he acted indifferently to the serious medical needs of Hiu Lui “Jason” Ng. The claim also argues that Smith exposed the detainee to cruel and unusual punishment.

Ng died in 2008 while in ICE custody at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls. His widow sued in 2009. Lawyers for Ng's family oppose Smith's request.

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