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Kentucky Jury Awards $2,641 to Estate of Murdered Prisoner

In the January, 2003, issue of PLN we reported Flint Ex Rel Flint v. Kentucky Department of Corrections, 270 F.3d 340 (6th Cir. 2001) where the court held that Kentucky prison officials and employees of Correctional Industries were not entitled to qualified immunity for failing to protect prisoner Robert Flint, 43, from being murdered by other prisoners at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. In 1995 Flint was bludgeoned to death by another prisoner in the print shop of the prison in retaliation for having informed prison officials of misconduct by the shop foreman and other prisoners, i.e., using the phone in the supervisor's office.

Flint had been serving a twenty year sentence for rape and was close to getting out when he was killed. Flint's estate filed suit claiming prison officials and Correctional Industries staff had shown deliberate indifference to his safety. The district court denied the defendants qualified immunity from money damages. In the decision above, the court affirmed the denial of qualified immunity and remanded the case for a trial.

On remand, a trial was held. On July 10, 2003, a Kentucky jury found one prison employee liable for Flint's murder and awarded his estate $2,641 in damages. Flint's estate was represented by attorneys Kevin Crooks and David Friedman of Louisville, Kentucky. See: Flint v. Kentucky Department of Corrections, USDC, ED KY, Case No. 96-CV-0591.

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Flint v. Kentucky Dept. of Corrections