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D.C. Prisoner’s Stabbing Suit Nets $3,000 Settlement

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $3,000 to settle the negligence lawsuit of prisoner Cardell Richard Torney, Jr., for failure to protect his assault and stabbing.

While being held at the D.C. Jail on December 27, 1998, Torney was stabbed by another prisoner several times in the back. When correctional officers arrived on the scene, rather than assist the plaintiff, officers roughed him up and handcuffed him, then took him to a hallway where he passed out.

His complaint alleged negligence for inadequate staffing, not controlling contraband, and failure to train and supervise personnel.

Torney accepted settlement on May 12, 2001. He was represented by Washington, D.C. Attorney Jane Coral Norman.

See: Torney v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 2000CA 007246.

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