After SCI Fayette prisoner Robert E. Ivory, Jr. was involved in a fight with his cellmate, Russell Nance, in 2008, he requested that guards move him. Ivory testified that he informed guards Tammy Cesarino-Martin, Francis Ryan and Sgt. Curtis Schaffer that Nance had repeatedly threatened him.
Ivory and Nance had been cellmates for two weeks when the fight occurred. After guards ignored Ivory’s requests to move him to another cell, Nance stabbed Ivory with a pen. Ivory then filed a failure to protect suit in federal court.
On January 27, 2011, the jury entered a verdict that awarded Ivory $50,000 in punitive damages against Cesarino-Martin, $1 in nominal damages against Ryan and nothing against Schaffer. Ivory was represented by attorney Jason E. Hazelwood, who was awarded $5,050.29 in costs by the district court on March 14, 2011. See: Ivory v. Cesarino-Martin, U.S.D.C. (W.D. Penn.), Case No. 2:08-cv-01572-LPL.
Additional source: Post-Gazette
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