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$50,000 Settlement in Failure to Protect Lawsuit of Stabbed D.C. Prisoner

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $50,000 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner Robert Terrell for negligence.

While at the D.C. Jail on March 3, 2000 Terrell was exiting the lavatory when two men viciously assaulted, beat, stabbed and abused him. Terrell was taken to Fairfax Hospital and treated for stab wounds to his upper back. He remained at the hospital until March 6, 2000.

His complaint alleged negligence for failure to supervise prisoners, failure to control contraband, improperly trained staff, and failure to properly classify and house inmates.

Terrell accepted settlement on November 8, 2006. He was represented by attorney Samuel M. Shapiro of Rockville MD. See: Terrell v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 0007934.

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Terrell v. District of Columbia