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Man With HIV Wins Eviction Lawsuit

September 23, 1998

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A federal judge has barred the eviction of an HIV-positive man who said a public housing official wants him out to avoid ``contamination″ of an apartment complex.

U.S District Judge Richard Kopf issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday pending trial.

Clayton Rawhouser, the caregiver for George Watters, who has the virus that causes AIDS, sued the Elm Creek Housing Authority for discrimination at the Maple Manor apartments, a federally subsidized complex.

The lawsuit accuses Marilyn Gruntorad, manager of the housing board, of telling Rawhouser and Watters they were ``AIDS infested″ and she ``didn’t want Elm Creek or Maple Manor contaminated with AIDS.″

Randall Goyette, her lawyer, wouldn’t comment.

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