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Article • December 7, 2017
South Dakota Res Judicata Ban of State Constitutional Due Process Claim Upheld Based on Same Claim Being Denied as a Federal Constitutional Claim by David Reutter by David Reutter  The South Dakota Supreme Court upheld a trial court's summary judgment dismissing a wrongful death suit brought by Lynette Johnson (Johnson) ...
Article • December 7, 2017
$61,500 Settlement in Death of a Federal Prisoner by The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) agreed to a $61,500 settlement in a 28 U.S.C. §1331 civil suit filed by a federal prisoner, substituted by his family as plaintiffs after the alleged wrongful death of the prisoner. The initial complaint alleged ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
$10.25 Million Jury Award in Suit over Oklahoma Jail Prisoner’s Death by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On March 20, 2017, an Oklahoma federal jury awarded $10.25 million to the estate of a prisoner who died at the Tulsa County Jail. According to court documents, Elliot Earl Williams, 37, a ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Missouri Town Pays $1.2 Million to Settle Lawsuit over Jail Suicide by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On March 13, 2017, the city of Pagedale, Missouri agreed to pay $1.2 million to the family of a woman who hung herself at the city jail two-and-a-half years earlier. The resolution of ...
Ninth Circuit Denies Immunity to Police Officers, Jailers for Prisoner’s Death by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On December 30, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the denial of qualified immunity to two Phoenix police officers and two Maricopa County jail guards in a civil rights case alleging ...
$1.75 Million Settlement in Michigan Prisoner's Wrongful Death Case by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis The estate of a woman who died while detoxing in a Kalamazoo, Michigan county jail settled a wrongful death claim for $1.75 million on November 15, 2013. Andrea Suzanne Armstead, 21, was booked into the ...
Article • November 28, 2017
Arkansas Supreme Court: Accident Report Information Not Exempt from FOIA Disclosure by by Mark Wilson The Arkansas Supreme Court held that the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) does not prohibit public disclosure of information contained in vehicle accident reports from being released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). ...
Brief • November 21, 2017
Moffitt v. Minor, CO, Complaint, Alcohol Withdrawal Death, 2015 Case 1:15-cv-00071-WYD-MEH Document 1 Filed 01/12/15 USDC Colorado Page 1 of 24 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. ___________ ESTATE OF ZACKARY MOFFITT, by and through its personal representative KELLY KRAMER; M.M., a ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Arrested Texas Jail Nurse Refused to Test Blood Sugar of Prisoner Who Died by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Texas licensed vocational nurse Brittany Johnson was arrested on June 28, 2016 and charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide in the death of female prisoner Morgan Angerbauer, 20, who died of diabetic ...
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 ...
$285,000 Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit Against Ohio Jail by On December 13, 2016, officials in Butler County, Ohio agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the daughter of a woman who died in the county’s jail just over four years earlier. Butler County will pay $285,000 in damages and ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Georgia Teen’s Suicide from Neglect Results in $1.7 Million Settlement by A settlement was reached last year in a lawsuit brought by the estate of a teenager who hanged himself at a Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facility. The complaint described a chilling account of neglect of a child ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against County Jail in New York by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The family of deceased prisoner Jimmy Richardson filed a federal lawsuit against the Schenectady County Jail in New York in April 2017, alleging that the facility and its medical contractor, Correctional Medical Care, ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Misdemeanor Trespassing Arrest Leads to Permanent Impairment by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In March 2015, 53-year-old Ralph Karl Ingrim suffered a seizure at a Dollar General store in Amarillo, Texas. A store clerk was kind enough to call the police to have him removed. When they arrived, Ingrim allegedly ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Federal Judge: Chicago Guilty of 'Bad Faith' for Refusing to Provide Documents in Police Shooting Case, Cites Ongoing Pattern of Conduct by City by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a sternly-worded 24-page order dated January 3, 2017, U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for ...
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s Jail Under Fire for Deaths, Civil Rights Abuses by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis At least four people, including a newborn, have died in Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County Jail since April 2016. The facility, run by Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., houses about 950 detainees daily. ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Almost 270 Die in Pre-trial Detention in Canadian Jails in Last Five Years by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna According to data gathered by the Reuters news agency, which culled records from various Canadian provincial governments, almost 270 prisoners awaiting trial have died over the past five years. Apparently pretrial ...
Numerous Lawsuits Filed Against Corizon Nationwide; Company Loses Contracts by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Corizon Health is one of the nation's largest for-profit medical providers for prisons and jails. Recent lawsuits against the company, however, call into question the quality, and even the availability, of the healthcare services it ...
Deaths at North Carolina Jail Due to Lack of Medical, Mental Health Care by The deaths of four pre-trial detainees at the Durham County Jail in North Carolina are under investigation. Over the past 16 years, 10 other prisoners have died at the facility. Officials are remaining mum, referring questions ...
Holland v. County of San Luis Obispo, CA, Settlement, Restraints Blood Clot, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE This Settlement Agreement and Release (the "Settlement Agreement") is made by and between: "Plaintiffs:" Sharon Holland and Carty Holland, individually and in their capacity as Successors in Interest to Andrew Holland and representatives ...
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