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Georgia Prisoner Beaten By Guard Awarded $22,000

On October 19, 2005, a federal jury awarded $22,000 in damages to a Georgia prisoner who was beaten by a guard.

Plaintiff Larry Hudson, 45, claimed that on March 7, 2002, while confined in disciplinary segregation, he became involved in a verbal confrontation with guard J. Singleton. According to Hudson, guard S. Gibson then opened Hudson's cell door, allowing Singleton to enter, and locked it behind him. In the cell Singleton punched Hudson in the face and threw him against the wall.

As a result of the beating Hudson suffered fractures to his arm and shoulders and cuts to his lips and nose. He also claimed that on numerous occasions after the assault Singleton threatened and verbally assaulted him.

Hudson sued Singleton and Gibson, pro se, alleging violations of his Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Specifically, Hudson contended Singleton assaulted and battered him without justification and that Gibson violated policies by opening his cell door and failing to stop or intervene in the assault.

A federal jury in Statesboro found for Hudson and awarded him a total of $22,000. The verdict included $1,000 in actual damages and $10,000 in punitive damages against each defendant. See: Hudson v. Singleton, USDC SD GA, Case No. 6:02-CV-00137-JEG.

Source: The Georgia Trial Reporter

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