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D.C. Settlement Nets Former Warden $62,000 for Legal Expenditures

On July 11, 2005, the District of Columbia paid $62,000 to settle with David Roach—a former warden at the Maximum Security Facility in Lorton, Virginia—who sued the District seeking reimbursement for legal fees.

In 1995, while Roach was warden at MSD, the District was involved in class action litigation known as Neal v. District of Columbia, USDC DC, Civil Action No. 93-2420. During the course of the litigation, Roach was charged with criminal contempt of court. In a deal with the District, Roach was to provide for his own defense. Upon exoneration of the charge, the district agreed to reimburse Roach for his legal fees. In September 2003, after some political wrangling, all criminal charges against Roach were dismissed.

Following dismissal of the charges, Roach tried unsuccessfully three times to recoup his legal expenditures. On March 25, 2005, Roach filed suit in D.C. Superior Court charging the District with breach of contract and seeking $81,000 in legal fees. The case ultimately settled for $62,000. Roach was represented by Curt S. Hansen of Washington, D.C. See: Roach v. District of Columbia, D.C. Superior Court, Case No. 05-0002322.

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