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State board sanctions former U of M social worker

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A state board has sanctioned a former University of Minnesota social worker in the 2004 suicide of a schizophrenia patient enrolled in a drug study.

Dan Markinson's death led to a lawsuit, a federal probe and an overhaul of the university's ethics standards for clinical trials.

But Mike Howard, a close friend to Markingson's mother, Mary Weiss, says this is the first public acknowledgement of wrongdoing.

The Minnesota Board of Social Work and Jean Kenney have agreed she should complete 18 hours of training and write a report on whether it alters her view of her conduct.

Her attorney, David Alsop, tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/UmSw3S ) Kenney reached the agreement to put this behind her. He says she acknowledges record-keeping errors but that they didn't affect the outcome.

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