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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

Father of Man Strangled While in Missouri Jail Accepts Settlement

by Christopher Zoukis

George Stevens, whose son was strangled to death by another man while being held in a Missouri jail, agreed to a settlement with the city of St. Louis in response to his wrongful death lawsuit.

     On April 26, 2008, Michael Stevens and Robert Francis were taken ...

$125,000 Awarded to Pennsylvania Prisoner over Excessive Force by Guards

by Christopher Zoukis

Cornell L. Warren, a diabetic prisoner held in a Pennsylvania state prison, was awarded $125,000 in damages after a jury found that a guard used excessive force against him that resulted in a broken finger.

     The problem began on December 13, 2007, when Warren allegedly assaulted ...

$190,000 for Man Falsely Arrested and Maliciously Prosecuted by NYPD

by Christopher Zoukis

A man who was arrested by New York City police officers without probable cause or evidence, then maliciously prosecuted before the charges were dropped, was awarded $190,000 as a result of his federal civil rights lawsuit.

     On May 15, 2008, Joshua Marshall was leaving a drugstore ...

Pennsylvania Prisoner Receives Settlement from Guards over Excessive Force Suit

by Christopher Zoukis

 A prisoner who was maced, restrained and unnecessarily disciplined agreed to a settlement with Pennsylvania guards in exchange for dropping his federal civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force.

     On February 8, 2008, Allen Jerome Supples was sprayed with mace twice by prison guards and placed in ...

$99,000 Settlement Reached in Negligent Enforcement of Protection Order Case

 by Christopher Zoukis

The family of Jessica Ann Monroe-Mead agreed to a $99,000 settlement with the county of Newaygo, Michigan, and the sheriff to settle a civil rights claim alleging failure to properly respond to and enforce a domestic violence protection order and failing to protect Monroe-Mead from being murdered ...

California Prisoner Moved to Formerly Condemned Facility with No Bed Settles Civil Rights Suit

by Christopher Zoukis

David C. Moore, a California prisoner who was temporarily sent to a different prison and assigned to a cell with no bed, the conditions of which caused him back pains, headaches and allergies, reached a settlement with prison officials.

     On August 8, 2009, a prison riot ...

Sikh Harassed for Refusing to Cut Beard Settles Civil Rights Suit with California Prison Officials

by Christopher Zoukis

A practicing Sikh in a California prison who refused to cut his beard for religious reasons when ordered by guards agreed to a settlement with the prison system and officials.

     On March 22, 2007, Kanwaljit Singh Hundal was told by guards at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison ...

$78,214 Awarded to Massachusetts Prisoner Assaulted by Other Inmates

by Christopher Zoukis

A prisoner incarcerated in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (MDOC) who warned guards of an impending attack, was assured by them of his safety, and then attacked, was awarded $78,214 by a Superior Court jury.

     Dennis Pritchard, 58, began receiving threats of assault by another prisoner ...

Kentucky Jail Guard Receives $60,000 Jury Award in Sexual Harassment Suit

 A female corporal at the Fayette County Jail in Kentucky who was sexually harassed by her male supervisors was awarded $60,000 after a jury agreed with her harassment claim but rejected her claim of assault and retaliation.

     Charlotte Trotter began working at the Fayette County Jail in 2000, and ...

Visually Impaired Missouri Prisoner Receives Settlement Over Denial of Reasonable Accommodations

by Christopher Zoukis

Richard Ruffin, a prisoner at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC), received an enforced settlement with the prison and prison officials, one aspect of which provides him with enlarged-text materials that he is able to read with his visual disability.

     Ruffin was suffering from end-stage glaucoma ...