In a trial for liability, with Pryer representing himself pro se, a jury found the guards liable for the unprovoked attack and held Pryer's Eighth amendment rights were violated. At the second trial, solely on the issue of damages, a jury awarded Pryer $300,000 in damages for the injuries he suffered in the attack. The jury rejected Pennsylvania senior deputy Attorney General Thomas Halloran's argument that they award Pryer only nominal damages for the attack. Pryer was represented at the damages trial by attorney Jere Krakoff of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project.
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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