The Sullivans were represented by attorneys Abraham Goldman and David Springfield of Oregon House, California. In August 2007, they filed a complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging the Joseph Sullivan, who was found hanging in a one-man administrative segregation (ad/seg) cell, had been “killed… by physical assault and/or other foul play from unknown persons inside” CVSP. The complaint alleged that, for a period of about three months beginning in March 2006, CVSP officials kept Joseph Sullivan isolated in an ad/seg cell with temperatures at or exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit; that CVSP officials repeatedly denied Joseph’s request for yard time; that they forged his signature to an authorization for use of psychotropic drugs; that they placed him in proximity to other prisoners who mentally and emotionally harassed him and caused him sleep deprivation; that they “forced” him to ingest large doses of psychotropic medications, without his consent, to punish him and/or as a chemical restraint; and they were deliberately indifferent to his medical and mental health needs, as well as to their duty to protect him. The complaint set forth four federal causes of action and one state-law wrongful death claim. It sought compensatory as well as punitive and exemplary damages. See: Sullivan v. Salazar, U.S.D.C. (C.D. Cal.), Case No. 2:07-cv-05675-GW-SH.
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