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$15,000 Settlement in DC Prisoner’s Stabbing

The District of Columbia (DC) paid $15,000 to settle a negligence suit filed by prisoner David Carmichael for injuries sustained from being stabbed.

While at DC’s Maximum Security Facility in Lorton, Virginia, on October 10, 1995, Carmichael was stabbed by at least two other prisoners while he ate in the staff dining room around 5:00 a.m. The area was to be off limits to prisoners and was accessible to Carmichael because he was the lead cook. As a result of the attack, Carmichael was rendered unconscious, and then flown by helicopter to a hospital. He sustained a collapsed lung and suffered extreme pain. He alleged there was no guard on duty when he went to his work shift at 3:00 a.m. or when he was assaulted. He further alleged violation of procedure by prison officials allowing him a waiver to access the dining room after they received a note threatening his life.

Carmichael accepted settlement on May 21, 2001. He was represented by Columbia, Maryland attorney John M. Coles. See: Carmichael v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 96-8719.

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