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$3,300 Settlement for Cruel and Unusual Punishment by Jail Guards

Washington State’s King County Jail paid $3,298.53 to settle the claim of James D. Wilks, who alleged that he was subject to cruel and unusual punishment in January and February 2002. The complaint alleges that Wilks was not treated for 50 self-inflicted cuts, was pepper sprayed on two occasions while naked, deprived of water in his cell, subjected to female guards viewing him during showers or while “assaulted” with pepper spray, and for guards using excessive force upon him.

Wilks filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Acting pro se, Wilks settled the claim in September 2004 for $2,300 in damages and $998.53 in costs. The documents related to this claim are available on PLN’s website. See: Wilks v. King Co., USDC, W.D. Wash., No. C02-494L (2004).

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Wilks v. King Co.

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