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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

New York Issues New Solitary Confinement Rules for Local Jails Amid Lawsuits, $5 Million Settlement

by Christopher Zoukis

On October 17, 2017, the New York Commission of Correction issued new rules governing the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement in local jails. The rules came in the wake of several class-action lawsuits over the use of and conditions in solitary, one of which recently ...

Rash of Security Breaches Plagues Nation’s Prisons and Jails

by Christopher Zoukis

A review of recent news reports has revealed a recent spate of security breaches by both jail detainees and state and federal prisoners across the country. In October 2017 alone, escapes were reported in ten states involving at least 19 prisoners. Though most of those incidents were ...

Woman Forced to Give On-Duty Florida Officer Oral Sex Awarded $20,000

by Christopher Zoukis

   A Florida woman who claimed that an on-duty police officer forced her to give him oral sex was awarded $20,000 after suing him in Broward County Circuit Court.

     On September 3, 2007, the 32-year-old woman had been arguing with her boyfriend near a gas station ...

Jury Awards Missouri Man $35,000 for Traffic Stop Assault

by Christopher Zoukis

  A federal jury found that Dunklin County, Missouri, deputies used excessive force against a man who ran a stop sign, and awarded him $35,000.

     On June 11, 2006, Herman Taylor was pulled over by Dunklin County Sheriff Deputies Derek Lawrence and James Bullock after he ...

Indiana Hospital and Sheriff Settle over False Arrest and Illegal Search

by Christopher Zoukis

   The Delaware County, Indiana, Sheriff's Department, two of its deputies and Ball Memorial Hospital agreed to an undisclosed settlement with Wesley P. Eley after Eley sued them in federal court for violating his civil rights through false arrest and illegal search.

     In early 2007, the ...

Arkansas Woman Awarded $4,000 by Federal Jury Against Texarkana Police

by Christopher Zoukis

After suing Texarkana Police over Fourth Amendment civil rights violations, a female truck driver was awarded $4,000 in damages by an Arkansas federal jury.

     On October 25, 2005, long-haul truck driver Bobbie Green parked her truck at a truck stop for the night. On her walk ...

Deaf Oregon Man Awarded $157,500 over Police Mistreatment

by Christopher Zoukis

     Erik Pierce, a 32-year-old deaf man, was awarded $157,500 in damages from the city of Salem and Marion County, Oregon, over the use of excessive force and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by local and county police.

     On December 25, 2005, Pierce ...

California Man Awarded $10,000 by Federal Jury After LAPD Assault

by Christopher Zoukis

     A California man, who was stopped, searched and assaulted by LAPD officers while he was walking home, was awarded $10,000 by a federal jury on his claim of unreasonable search and excessive force.

     On July 4, 2008, Jose Magallon said he was walking home when ...

Guantánamo Prisoner Returned to Saudi Arabia

Update: Ahmed al Darbi has been returned to his native Saudi Arabia, Saudi state security confirmed today, to serve the rest of his 13-year sentence.

by Christopher Zoukis

   Ahmed al Darbi, a 42-year-old Saudi who has been in the custody of U.S. forces for over a decade, may be ...

Georgia Man Reaches Settlement with Dekalb County Police Officer over Civil Rights Violations