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$70,000 Verdict in Georgia Prisoner's Assault by Guards

After he was escorted to his cell for disciplinary segregation, Georgia
prisoner Ernest D. Johnson was beat unconscious by guards Brian Breeden and
Sgt. Rudolph Gomez. Once inside the cell, the guards attacked Johnson. They
choked, stomped, and struck him with night sticks until he was unconscious,
which caused a seizure. Johnson had no previous history of seizures and
took Dilantin to prevent future seizures.

Another guard testified to the truthfulness of Johnson's allegations at
trial. After two hours deliberation, the jury awarded Johnson $25,000
compensatory damages against Breeden and Gomez, $30,000 punitive damages
against Breeden, and $15,000 punitive damages against Gomez, totaling
$70,000. See: Johnson v. Breeden, USDC, Georgia, Case No: 97-CV-1615.

PLN has reported the appellate decision in this case at: Johnson v.
Breeden, 280 F.3d 1308 (11th Cir. 2002). See index for that decision.

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