MO Prisoner Awarded $130,000 in Retaliation and Haircut Claims
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On February 4, 2000 a federal jury in the Eastern District of Missouri awarded $130,000 in damages to Jerry McCrary. McCrary, who is black, filed suit claiming that while imprisoned at the Potosi Correctional Center in Missouri on August 16, 1992, he was severely beaten by white prisoners during a riot. McCrary claimed the prison official defendants failed to protect him from other prisoners. He also claimed a violation of his First amendment rights when he was forced to cut his hair, which violate his Rastafarian religious beliefs. Prior to trial the defendants had offered to settle the case by offering McCrary $500. At trial, a jury awarded McCrary $130,000 in damages. Based on evidence presented at trial, retaliation claims that had been dismissed at summary judgment were reinstated by the court and scheduled for a separate trial. McCrary is represented by St. Louis, MO, attorneys Mary Ann Wymore and John Petite. See: McCrary v. Delo, USDC EDMO, and Case NO. 93-CV-384. Source: Jury Verdict Reporting Service.