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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Registered nurse from Steuben who has been fighting in the courts for several years to keep his nursing license, just won a major legal battle in Maine's highest court.
It's been more than three years since the Maine state board of nursing revoked John Zablotny's license.
Zablotny was the nursing supervisor at Down East Community Hospital in Machias who allowed a heavily medicated patient to leave during a snowstorm, wearing only light clothing. That patient was found dead in a snowbank outside the hospital the next day.
The board revoked Zablotny's license.
Zablotny appealed the case to district court and lost.
The district court based its ruling on information already gathered by the the state licensing board instead of re-holding the hearing and calling witnesses.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court felt that was the wrong decision..
So the Supreme Court vacated the ruling until a hearing can be held in district court. In the meantime Zablotny keeps his license.

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