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$500 Settlement for MA BOP Prisoner Over Lost Mail

by Joe Watson

Edward Vincent DiPietro settled with officials at the Bureau of Prisons Federal Medical Center-Devens in Ayer, Mass. in August 2008 for $500 after he alleged that prison employees Henry J. Sadowski and Carolyn Sabol lost legal books he had ordered and refused to compensate him for the loss. DiPietro needed the books to properly file an appeal.

DiPietro filed suit pro se in September 2007, in U.S. District Court, claiming willful negligence and seeking $150 for the cost of the book, $350 in filing fees, $1,000 in emotional distress, and $1,000 in legal fees, bringing the total damages sought to $2,500. Judge William G. Young dismissed BOP and the individual defendants in the case, leaving the U.S. as the sole defendant.

After DiPietro filed a motion 0n Aug. 5, 2008 to enforce the $500 settlement agreement, Judge Young then entered a settlement order of dismissal, without costs and without prejudice. See: DiPietro v. United States, U.S.D.C. (D. Mass.), Case No. 4:07-CV-40252.

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