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Article • December 11, 2017
Filed under: Police Misconduct, Police
$1.9 Million to Settle with Students Hit by Car Fleeing Police by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis Three 17-year-old students run over by a car fleeing Newark, New Jersey police in a high speed chase have settled a lawsuit brought over injuries resulting from the crash. Curtis Berry, Jessica Pemberton, ...
Indiana Woman Settles Claim that Clay County Police Officer Grabbed Her Breasts During Traffic Stop by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis An Indiana woman who claimed that a Clay County, Indiana Reserve Sheriff's Deputy used unjustified, excessive, sexual force against her during a traffic stop settled her claim for an ...
Article • December 7, 2017
$5,000 to Conn. Prisoner in Retaliation Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On April 24, 2014, a Connecticut state prisoner and the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC) agreed to settle a claim brought by the prisoner which alleged that he was terminated from his prison job after he filed ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Kansas Uniform Trust Code Established Exclusive Venue For Prison Trust Fund Proceedings by David Reutter by David Reutter The Kansas Supreme Court held that a prison trust fund is an actual trust, subject to the provisions of the Kansas Uniform Trust Code (KUTC), therefore the lower courts erred in applying ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Self-serving Affidavits Ruled Admissible in Discrimination Suit by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal district court's summary judgment granted to Indiana's Whitley County Sheriff's Office in a racial discrimination suit. The court found that the district court erroneously applied the "common actor" provision to grant summary judgment, ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Sexual Assault Claim Against Suffolk County, New York Jail Moves Forward by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis District Judge Ann M. Donnelly recently granted the Plaintiffs' motion to amend their 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint against the Suffolk County, New York jail, as well as the county sheriff and several ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Missouri DOC Director Replaced after String of Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuits by After eight years on the job, Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) director George Lombardi submitted a letter of resignation to then-Governor Jay Nixon on December 14, 2016. Lombardi, who spent over 31 years in corrections, agreed to resign ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
$1.275 Million Settlement for Los Angeles County Jail Whistleblower by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In May 2017, a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who worked at the L.A. County jail and helped send colleagues to prison for obstructing an FBI investigation was set to receive $1.275 million after ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
First Circuit Reverses Convictions of Massachusetts Probation Officials by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In December 19, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the convictions of several former public officials in Massachusetts for their roles in a hiring scheme at the Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP). ...
Brief • December 4, 2017
Bango v Pierce County, WA, Complaint, Psych Treatment Withheld, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-06002 Document 1 Filed 12/04/17 Page 1 of 38 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 7 8 9 DONALD BANGO and SCOTT BAILEY, individually and on behalf ...
Article • November 30, 2017
Michigan Court Forced to End “Pay or Stay” Policy by David Reutter by David Reutter A Michigan state district court judge was ordered to end a “pay or stay” policy that he used to toss poor defendants in jail for their inability to pay fines, fees and court costs. The ...
State Bar of Texas Pursuing Disciplinary Action against Prosecutor Who Lied about Deals with Jailhouse Informants in Capital Case by Richard Resch by Richard Resch In September 25, 2017, the State Bar of Texas filed a disciplinary action against former Harris County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth A. Exley. She is ...
Brief • November 14, 2017
Evans v. Plumber, OH, Settlement, Jail Assault, 2017 17 -vc"31( RESOLUTION NO. 17-1536 NOVEMBER 14, 2017 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT BY WARRANT TO EMILY J. EVANS AND HER ATTORNEYS PICKREL SCHAEFFER & EBELING, CO., LPA IN THE AMOUNT OF $380,000. FUNDING SOURCE: OCA 611510, OBJECT 7692, FUND 680, SUBFUND 200 WHEREAS, ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Former Utah Jail Commander Pleads Guilty to Misuse of Public Money by Monte McCoin by Monte McCoin Galen Bret Allred, 47, the former commander of the Iron County Correctional Facility in Utah, pleaded guilty on September 7, 2017 to one third-degree felony count of misuse of public funds. Millard County ...
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 ...
The Elusive Dream: Closing Rikers Island by David Reutter, Matthew Clarke by David M. Reutter and Matt Clarke New York City’s Rikers Island, one of the nation’s largest jails, has a notorious history of violence – both by guards and prisoners. City leaders have long sought to solve the problem ...
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 ...
Fatal Tasering at North Carolina Jail Results in $350,000 Settlement, Investigation by Federal authorities are eyeing North Carolina’s Harnett County Sheriff’s Office for civil rights violations. Their attention was drawn to the Harnett County Jail (HCJ) after a video showed guards Tasering a pre-trial detainee three times and leaving him ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Global Tel*Link Fails to Derail Prison Phone Suit but Dodges Class Certification by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna An order entered by Western District of Arkansas federal judge Timothy L. Brooks on September 28, 2017 gave a mixed result to both sides in a hotly-contested lawsuit over excessive costs for ...
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