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HOSPITAL GUILTY OF ANTI-AIDS BIAS

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A federal court jury Tuesday found Fremont Memorial Hospital and one of its doctors discriminated against an AIDS patient in refusing to admit him for treatment.

The six-man, two-woman, panel deliberated for a week before returning its 6-2 verdict in the civil case brought by the estate of the late John Chardon of Portland, Maine. Chardon was refused admission to the hospital in 1992.Lawyers for the Fremont hospital and Dr. Charles Hull, an admitting physician, argued unsuccessfully that Chardon was transferred to a Toledo hospital because of medical reasons and not because of discrimination.

The jury awarded Chardon's estate $62,000 in compensatory damages, $150,000 in punitive damages from Hull and $300,000 in punitive damages from the hospital.

Although jury decisions in civil cases are usually unanimous, lawyers for both sides agreed to accept a 6-2 decision.