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$50,000 Settlement in Suit Alleging CCA Counsel Falsified Court Documents

The District of Columbia paid $50,000 to settle a lawsuit by prisoner George Carter that claimed Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) counsel falsified court orders in his habeas corpus proceeding.

While at D.C.’s Central Treatment Facility (CTF) Carter was, according to his complaint, falsely accused of assaulting a guard. The disciplinary report had a technical error of the wrong code violation on it. That formed the basis of Carter’s ground to reverse the finding of guilt on the charge.

Carter initiated a habeas corpus proceeding, or thought he did. His case somehow was assigned two case numbers. An order to show cause on the two cases was signed by CCA’s counsel, according to Carter, to show his case had been docketed, filed, and processed. Signatures of the same judge were apparently different.

The falsified orders formed the basis of Carter’s claim that he was being denied access to the courts by fraud of CCA’s counsel. Carter filed his complaint on October 30, 1998, pro se, and on November 2, 2004, he accepted settlement. See: Carter v. Doe, USDC, District of Columbia, Case No. 1:98-cv-2645.

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Carter v. Doe