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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

Assaulted Detainee Settles with Louisiana Jail over Deliberate Indifference to His Safety

by Christopher Zoukis

A mentally ill jail Louisiana detainee who was beaten by fellow inmates after urinating on another detainee’s shoes agreed to a settlement with jail employees regarding his civil rights suit.

On April 16, 2004, Stephen Stewart was placed on probation over a felony drug charge and misdemeanor ...

$60,000 settlement reached in prisoner's case against officer

by Christopher Zoukis

A man suffering from schizophrenia at Tangipahoa Parish Jail (TPJ) in Louisiana, who was not always provided with necessary medications and was attacked and injured by other detainees through staff indifference, received a $60,000 settlement in response to his federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and civil ...

Two Men Unlawfully Searched and Falsely Arrested for Sitting in Vehicle Settle with Middletown, N.Y., Cops

by Christopher Zoukis

Patrick Ammirati and James Esposito, who were arrested and prosecuted over a speck that wasn’t even a drug after Middletown, New York, police found them suspiciously sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot, agreed to a settlement with the officers.

On January 7, 2009, Ammirati and ...

Louisiana Prisoner Beaten by Guards Settles Excessive Force Suit

by Christopher Zoukis

A prisoner housed at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Louisiana (JPCC), who was pinned down and beaten by five guards, agreed to an undisclosed settlement with the guards, prison officials and medical staff.

     On June 12, 2009, while imprisoned at JPCC, Charles Alvin Cummings Jr., ...

Warden Settles with Prisoner Made to Sleep on Floor of Overcrowded California Prison

by Christopher Zoukis

Jacob Howard, a prisoner transferred to California’s North Kern State Prison where he had to sleep on the floor because of overcrowding, settled his federal lawsuit with the warden who knew there was no bed space available.

     Howard was being held at the Los Angeles Men’s ...

Queens Couple Receives $10,000 Settlement after False Arrest and Property Confiscation by NYPD

by Christopher Zoukis

Michael and Alisha Drepaul agreed to a $10,000 settlement with the city of New York in response to Mr. Drepaul’s false arrest and prosecution, and the police confiscation of $9,800 worth of their personal property.

On December 2, 2008, New York City police officers searched the residence ...

$25,000 Settlement for Detroit Man Falsely Arrested and Imprisoned

by Christopher Zoukis

A man who was falsely arrested, falsely imprisoned and maliciously prosecuted by Detroit police officers based on mistaken identity, received a $25,000 settlement from the city of Detroit on behalf of the officers.

On September 6, 2007, Wendell Jermaine Hollis, a 29-year-old nurse’s assistant, was parking his ...

Muslim Prisoner Strip-Searched in Presence of Female Guard in California Prison Settles Civil Rights Suit

by Christopher Zoukis

Anthony Dean, a Muslim prisoner at California State Prison-Sacramento who was subjected to an unclothed body search while a female guard was present, settled a civil rights suit that claimed his right to the free exercise of religious beliefs was violated. Terms of the settlement were not ...

$25,000 Settlement Offer from NYPD over Assault, False Arrest Accepted by Parolee

by Christopher Zoukis

Jose Perez, a parolee who was assaulted, arrested and re-imprisoned over charges that were later dismissed, agreed to a $25,000 settlement with New York City in response to a federal suit alleging violation of his civil rights.

     On June 24, 2010, Perez was returning to his ...

Quadriplegic Denied Required Meds Settles with Louisiana Prison Operated by CoreCivic

Robert Blackstock agreed to an undisclosed settlement in his federal lawsuit against private prison company CoreCivic (formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America). The prisoner alleged medical indifference after staff and medical personnel refused to provide his required medications at Winn Parish Correctional Facility.

In 2002, Blackstock had been diagnosed with brain-stem hemangioma ...