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Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Texas Appellate Court Upholds $100,000 Damages Award in Jail Slip-and-Fall by Matthew Clarke
Oregon Prison Guard Freed on Sex Charge, Victim Detained as Material Witness by "She was in chains,” said Betsy Rawls, an attorney representing a former prisoner who was incarcerated as a material witness against the prison guard who sexually abused her. “Belly chains and shackles. And she’s the victim.” The ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Former Sheriff Arpaio Guilty of Criminal Contempt, Receives Presidential Pardon by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s words, rather than his misdeeds, finally landed him on the verge of going to prison – but he was pulled back from the brink after receiving a ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Filed under: Attorneys, Guards/Staff
Westboro Baptist Church Members Continue to Work in Corrections by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Fred W. Phelps, Sr., 85, was widely known as the founder and leader of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas – a cult-like group that practices hate speech at the most inappropriate venues, including ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Tenth Circuit Holds Jail Guard May be Liable for Prisoner-on-Prisoner Assault by On November 14, 2016, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the denial of qualified immunity to a Colorado jail guard who failed to protect a prisoner from being assaulted. James Durkee was incarcerated at the Summit County ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
President of New York City Guards’ Union Faces Corruption Charges by David Reutter by David M. Reutter Federal officials are pursuing corruption charges against Norman Seabrook, former president of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA). The charge of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud stemmed from Seabrook’s ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Fourth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Prisoner’s Failure to Protect Claim by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In March 2016, the Fourth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a prisoner’s Eighth Amendment failure to protect claim in a case that subsequently settled. The prisoner, James Herman Raynor, was held at ...
Article • September 8, 2017
Fifth Circuit Reinstates Part of Louisiana Prisoner's Failure-to-Protect, Medical Indifference Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 9, 2017, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmedin part and reversed in part a district court's order granting summary judgment to prison officials in a ...
Florida Sheriff Not Immune from Suit in Hiring Decisions Allegedly Motivated By Politics, Eleventh Circuit Rules by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On December 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a lower court ruling and reinstated a lawsuit brought by a former Broward ...
Article • August 31, 2017
California Prison Guard's Dismissal Upheld By Appellate Court by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On November 16, 2016, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, in California reversed a trial court's decision to order the reinstatement of employment of a state prison guard who was fired after he ...
Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Indiana Prison Counselor's Retaliation, Sex and Age Discrimination Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On December 10, 2014, the United States Circuit Court for the Seventh Circuit upheld a district court order dismissing a lawsuit brought by a former Indiana prison substance abuse counselor ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
TN Prison Counselor Suspended for Posting Insults on Facebook by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A counselor at the Turney Center Industrial Complex (TCIX), a close-security prison located in southwestern Tennessee, was suspended for three days after she posted profanity-laced insults on the Facebook page for the Tennessee Department of ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Michigan Prisoner Receives $4,000 for Injuries Sustained After Staff Ignore Bottom Bunk Directive by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On August 18, 2015, the state of Michigan agreed to pay a prisoner $4,000 to settle a lawsuit in which prison staff deliberately ignored a medically-issued "bottom bunk detail" and the ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Ninth Circuit Reinstates Arizona Prison Guards' Sexual Harassment Lawsuit against Private Prison Operator by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On March 14, 2016, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of appeals vacated a district court ruling which dismissed a class action sexual harassment complaint brought by female Arizona prison guards. The ...
Article • August 21, 2017
Mass. Supreme Court: Prison Guard Not Entitled to Assault Pay After Employment Ends by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On January 21, 2008, prison guard Mark Marchand intervened to protect a fellow employee in an altercation with a prisoner. As a result, Marchand suffered an unspecified knee injury and began ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Filed under: Employee Litigation
Lawsuit by Former Prison Guards to Win Right to Carry Firearms Reinstated After D.C. Federal Court Reverses Summary Judgment by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On June 3, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a D.C. District Court ruling which had granted summary judgment ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$187,000 Settlement for TX County Jail Administrator Turned Whistleblower by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A former jail administrator in Bastrop County, Texas, agreed to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit for $187,000 against his old boss, a former sheriff who had pleaded guilty to charges of corruption and abuse of ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$175,000 Settlement for NY BOP Employee Allegedly Threatened, Sexually Harassed by Coworker by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Etta Traynham, a recreational specialist at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York City’s Federal Bureau of Prisons facility, settled a Title VII lawsuit filed against the Department of Justice for $175,000 in ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$20,000 Settlement for NJ Jail Guard Harassed for Years After Pregnancy by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Lisa Knowlton and her husband, Ronald--both guards at the Morris County, N.J. jail--settled a workplace harassment suit against the county in August 2008 for $20,000 after years of what Lisa claimed was employment ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$153,955 Jury Award for TN Jail Guard Fired Over Support for Sheriff’s Election Foe by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A mom who was fired from her job as a Tennessee jail guard because she supported the county sheriff’s election foe was awarded $153,955 in August 2008 by a U.S. ...
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