BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The family of Alix Rice celebrated another small legal win on Monday.
Lawyers for both the family and Dr. James Corasanti were in the courtroom for pre-trial arguments in a civil suit against the doctor. They were arguing whether Rice's medical or counseling records should be released to the defense.
Terry Connors, the attorney for the Rice family, says those records should stay sealed because they're protected by the mental hygiene law and doctor-patient privilege. The defense argued that they need to see the documents to prepare for trial.
On Monday, the judge ruled in favor of keeping the documents private, for now.
State Supreme Court Justice John Michalski said, "Due to the sensitive nature of the records, I concur with Mr. Connors, so we'll stay or prevent any disclosure while the matter is appealed and argued before the appellate division."
Rice was hit and killed by Dr. Corasanti in 2011 on Heim Road in Amherst. He served time for DWI but was acquitted of the more serious charges related to the crash.
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