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Folsom Prison Officials Settle Prisoner Retaliation Suit for $325

In May 2009, Folsom Prison officials agreed to a settlement of a federal suit filed by prisoner Norman Gregory, alleging that in 2004 they had engaged in a series of retaliatory actions against Gregory. The suit settled for $325 with no admission of liability by any party.

Gregory's suit alleged that in April 2004, he was placed in mechanical restraints for 5.5 hours for laughing about an assault of an officer by a black prisoner. Gregory, who is also black, wears a medical brace for arthritis in his back; his complaints about the pain and discomfort caused by being handcuffed behind his back for a prolonged period of time were ignored.

Gregory alleged that although prisoners of all races laughed at the assault incident, black prisoners were singled out for punishment. He further alleged that when he filed a grievance to complain about what he viewed as racial discrimination, a Captain B. Adams retaliated against him by filing false disciplinary charges against him; when Gregory persisted, he encountered acts of conspiracy by other Folsom Prison officials and what he described as a "code of silence" by them.

In his complaint, Gregory alleged First Amendment retaliation, as well as deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. He sought one million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.

In exchange for the $325 he received in settlement, Gregory agreed to a dismissal of his suit. Sources: Gregory v. Adams, U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.), Case No. 2:05-CV-1393 FCD EFB P.

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Gregory v. Adams