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Supreme Court: Rules or rights in psychiatric boarding debate?

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The state argued for its rules. People with mental illness argued for their rights.

Justices from the Washington State Supreme Court didn’t show their hand, but their questions suggested state rules don’t trump every argument.

The spectacle played Thursday morning before the high court, in a debate over the practice of psychiatric boarding — detaining mentally ill people against their will in hospital emergency departments without treatment.

The patients — 10 of them, identified only by their initials — contend…

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