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$500 Paid in Refusal to Call Witness in WA DOC Hearing.

Jose Echeverria filed a 42 U.S.C §1983 action in the Eastern District of
Washington federal court against officials at the Washington State
Penitentiary alleging due process violations. Echeverria was infracted for
allegedly participating in a fight between two ethnic groups on March 10,
1998. Echeverria requested hearing officer K. Jurgenson to call two
prisoner witnesses, which was ignored. As a result of being found guilty,
Echeverria lost 145 days good time.

He filed a personal restraint petition in the court of appeals
after exhausting administrative remedies. His petition was granted when
the WDOC conceded, "After a review the paper documentation does not
disclose direct evidence that this inmate was actually involved in the
fight at issue." Echeverria, acting pro se, settled the due process
violation for $500 on January 7, 2002. See: Echeverria v. Wood, USDC ED
WA, CT-00-5062-LRS, unpublished.

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Echeverria v. Wood