At the time of his death, Jay Wright was 53 years old. He was serving a term of 18 months for tax delinquencies. He suffered from heart disease for which he was successfully treated with daily medication. He received that medication upon his initial incarceration at San Quentin, but, according to the complaint filed by his surviving spouse, abruptly stopped receiving it when he was transferred to Susanville, "[d]espite his constant requests for medication."
Jay Wright died nine days after his transfer to Susanville. His wife Victoria sued for damages in federal court, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging deliberate indifference to Jay Wright's serious medical needs (in violation of the Eighth Amendment), as well as a state-law wrongful death claim. Sources: Wright v. Runnels, Case No. 2:05-cv-2530-MCE-EF (U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.), 2008).
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|Cite||Case No. 2:05-cv-2530-MCE-EF (U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.), 2008)|