In February 2001, the accountant's lawyer asked federal district court judge David Carter to move his client to a different cell because he feared for his safety. The judge ordered jail officials to separate the two men, but the jail did nothing. Instead, the accountant was returned back to his cell. When "Hitler" learned of the attempted cell move that evening, he beat and raped the accountant. The accountant was moved to a different cell the next day after he reported the attack to jail officials. The victim had previously sought protection from jail officials who ignored him, just as they ignored judge Carter.
The accountant was ultimately convicted and sentenced to a year in jail. Hitler, in jail awaiting trail on federal robbery charges, was not charged in the assault.
The accountant filed suit against the city of Santa Ana. The city paid him $95,000 to settle the lawsuit. Neither city lawyers nor police would comment on the suit or the settlement. Jail officials claim they have taken steps to ensure prisoners in their care are better protected.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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