The first of the dozens of federal cases was decided by U.S. district court judge Charles Lovell on April 14, 1997. Lovell ruled that eight prison officials acted illegally when they left five supposed "ringleaders" naked and hog-tied for up to 43 hours.
"This hog-tying episode clearly violated contemporary standards of decency," Lovell said in deciding the case without a trial. "Simply put, hog-tying the plaintiffs and leaving them naked in bare cells for hours at a time strongly evidences an intent to punish and inflict pain," he wrote.
[Editor's Note: We will update the federal ruling after we obtain the case cite and information regarding monetary damages and attorney fees.]
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