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Settlements and Jury Awards

NJ: Former Bayside State prison, NJ, doctor John Napoleon, will have to pay six prisoners $80,000 to settle an eighth amendment medical neglect suit against him. The prisoner plaintiffs, all incarcerated in NJ state or county prisons, claimed that Napoleon deliberately failed to treat them after being notified of their illnesses. They claimed Napoleon refused to examine them and refused them medication they had been taking for years. After one prisoner sued that case was dismissed for lack of a cause of action. While he was appealing the other five prisoners filed suit against Napoleon on similar issues. The third circuit reversed the first case for trial and the state then entered into settlement negotiations. The case is White v. Napoleon, No. 88-0497(JBS).

WA: In November 1994, the King County (Seattle) Washington, jail settled a racial bias suit with a jail guard for $150,000. So far the county has paid more than $800,000 to 19 jail guards who claim they were the victims of racial discrimination. Four other cases are still pending. The guard, Frank Foster, claimed he was subjected to a hostile work environment including racist literature and comments and was denied advancement and better work assignments because he is black. The case was settled one day into trial before a state court jury [Editor's Nore: If black guards are being treated like this how do black detainees fare?]

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