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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

Wiccan Prisoner Gains Right to Religious Practices within California Prisons

by Christopher Zoukis

William Rouser, a prisoner in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prison system and a practicing Wiccan, received a favorable settlement, after the state reneged upon the first one, in which he is allowed to possess specified items and to hold regular services related to his ...

Texas Jail Administrator Receives $115,000 Settlement for Wrongful Termination

by Christopher Zoukis

A 46-year-old county jail administrator agreed to a $115,000 settlement with Gray County, Texas, after her employment was ended because of a prolonged medical absence.

     Shelly McCarn had been employed with Gray County for 15 years. On December 21, 2009, she took some time off to ...

Prisoner Awarded $25,000 Against Texas Guard Who Facilitated Assault

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal jury in Texas found that a prison guard was negligent in aiding and abetting an assault on a prisoner, awarding the victim $25,000 in damages.

     While David K. Lara was a prisoner in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, he was ...

Former Police Chief Convicted of Sex Crimes Settles with State of Ohio for $190,000

by Christopher Zoukis

 The widow of former Wapakonetam, Ohio Police Chief Dave Harrison, who had pleaded guilty to six counts related to child pornography, agreed to a $190,000 settlement with Special Prosecutor Scott Longo and the state of Ohio.

     Harrison had served 22 years with the Wapakonetam Police Department, ...

Federal Inmate's Widow Receives $750,000 Settlement for Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

by Christopher Zoukis

The widow of a man sent to federal prison for tax evasion settled a suit against the federal government for $750,000 over the wrongful death of her husband while he was incarcerated.

     Louis Thomas Faison Jr., 63, a retired high-school teacher, was sent to the federal ...

Death of California Homeless Man in Police Custody Yields $4.675 Million to Family

by Christopher Zoukis

    Following a civil suit against Eureka, California police officers, the city of Eureka and Humboldt County in the death of a 26-year-old homeless man while in police custody, the man's family received a settlement and jury award totaling $4.675 million.

     On August 9, 2007, Martin ...

$150,000 Jury Award Against NYPD for Excessive Force, False Arrest

by Christopher Zoukis

     A 45-year-old man who was arrested for public urination was awarded $150,000 after a jury found that officers of the New York Police Department used excessive force during his unlawful arrest.

     On January 27, 2005, Emilio Rivera stopped in a Harlem restaurant to use the ...

Family of California Man Wrongfully Killed by Hemet, California, Police Settle for $92,000

by Christopher Zoukis

In a pretrial settlement with the city of Hemet and its police department, the family of a man shot and killed after a high-speed chase through Riverside, California, agreed to $92,000 in compensation.

     On February 25, 2008, the Hemet police arrived at the home of 40-year-old ...

New Jersey Student Receives $290,000 Settlement after July 4 Police Assault

by Christopher Zoukis

Jonathan Wilson, a 22-year-old student and resident of Middletown, New Jersey, agreed to a $290,000 settlement as a result of being wrongfully assaulted, arrested, and prosecuted by the Red Bank Police Department.

     On July 3, 2006, Wilson attended a Fourth of July fireworks celebration near the ...

U.S. Coast Guard Operating Inhumane Floating Prisons

by Christopher Zoukis

An eye-opening report from The New York Times has exposed the existence of multiple “floating Guantanamos” operated by the U.S. Coast Guard throughout the Pacific Ocean. Coast guard cutters on missions to interdict suspected drug smugglers in international waters have become de facto prisons for detainees. Some ...