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$15,000 Awarded to Ohio Prisoner Beaten by Guards

On July 2, 1999, a federal jury in Columbus, Ohio, awarded Ohio prisoner James Morrison 115,000 in damages. Morrison filed suit claiming he was taken to a secluded area of a prison (unnamed in reports), where he was beaten and kicked by guards Karl Davis, Jeffrey Felts and Charles Adams. As a result, Morrison suffered bruises and abrasions and was hospitalized for several days.

Morrison was later placed in administrative segregation for four months. One of the guards who beat him later quit and another was suspended for one day.

At trial Morrison presented evidence that he was victimized because the assailant guards wanted to teach other prisoners not to "disrespect" guards.

The jury awarded Morrison $12,000 in compensatory damages for pain and suffering and $3,000 in punitive damages. See: Morrison v. Davis, US DC, Ohio, Columbus Division, Case No. C2-97-1305.

Source: Ohio Trial Reporter

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