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$2,500 in D.C. Prisoner’s Eighth Amendment Suit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $2,500 to settle an Eighth Amendment lawsuit filed by prisoner Cornell Barber.

Barber was at D.C.’s Central Facility in Lorton, Virginia in March, 2001. On March 1, Cornell received a hemorrhoidectemy to remove hemorrhoids from his anal tract. He was scheduled for a follow up surgical clinic visit at the D.C. general hospital on March 14. He still had stitches in his anus, was bleeding from the surgical site, and was in great discomfort.

Before begging to be taken to the surgical visit, he was required by Cpt. Gregory McKnight to submit to a strip search. Barber complied up to the point where he was required to bend over and spread his buttocks. When Barber continued to be unable to comply, McKnight took him to medical.

Once there, nurse Erma Sue informed McKnight of Barber’s surgery. Still insisting on Berber spreading his buttocks, McKnight refused to transport. Nurse Sue failed to assist by making an examination and then signed a medical refusal to cancel the medical visit despite Barber’s insistence that he was not refusing and wanted the clinic visit. After filing a complaint on the matter, Barber was transferred to another prison.

Acting pro se, he accepted settlement on April 3, 2002. See: Barber v. McKnight, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 01-5153.

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Barber v. McKnight