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$15,555 Awarded to Beaten Pennsylvania Prisoner

On July 15, 2002, a federal jury awarded $15,555 to prisoner Corey Jones. Jones was a minimum security state prisoner who was subpoenaed to testify at a hearing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Jones was shackled and handcuffed when he had an exchange with county sheriff's deputy Howard Seddon, who was escorting him. Seddon then grabbed Jones and threw him up against a wall in the courthouse. Jones filed suit claiming Seddon attacked him in retaliation for Jones' courtroom testimony and that the attack violated his Eighth amendment rights.

A federal jury agreed and awarded him $15,555. Jones was represented by Philadelphia lawyer Brian A. Gordon. See: Jones v. Seddon, US DC, ED PA, case No. 01CV-3890.

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