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Split Supreme Court: Federal Prisoner May Not Sue Prison Employees Under Bivens
Posted on 11 Jan 2012 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A federal prisoner who alleges that he has been mistreated while behind bars has no grounds to proceed with his suit against individual employers of the prison under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau... Read More

Family Of Slain Oklahoma Couple Sue Arizona Officials
Posted on 19 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY — (AP) The family of an Oklahoma couple who authorities say was killed by two escaped prisoners from Arizona and an accomplice filed a lawsuit Thursday that accuses the prison where the inmates were held of being so negligently operated... Read More

Alabama Settles Lawsuit Over Conditions At Tough Prison
Posted on 24 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - (AP) Alabama will increase staffing at its highest-security prison, disclose reports of inmate violence there, seek outside help to eliminate prisoner weapons and fix leaky roofs to settle a federal lawsuit filed by inmates over conditions... Read More

High Court Rules For Prison Victim Of Sexual Assault
Posted on 24 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated a $625,000 judgment against Ohio prison officials who did nothing to prevent a guard's sexual assault of an inmate and then punished the victim. The justices unanimously agreed that... Read More

DOJ Let Into Lawsuit On South Carolina Jail's Bible-Only Policy
Posted on 3 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (AP) A federal judge says the U.S. Justice Department can join a lawsuit challenging a South Carolina jail's policy barring inmates from any reading material other than the Bible. Court documents filed Monday show U.S. District Judge... Read More

Lawsuit File In Texas Prison Death That Sparked Riot
Posted on 8 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

EL PASO, Texas - (AP) Family members of an illegal immigrant whose death at a West Texas prison set off an inmate riot have filed a federal lawsuit. The suit on behalf of Jesus Manuel Galindo was filed Wednesday in El Paso. Full version available to lexis... Read More

Judge Rules Against Gag Order In Idaho Prison Lawsuit
Posted on 29 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BOISE, Idaho - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday agreed with The Associated Press and rejected Correction Corporation of America's request for a sweeping gag order in a lawsuit between Idaho inmates and the private prison company. In the lawsuit ... Read More

Georgia Inmate's Lawsuit Claims Execution Drug Expired
Posted on 15 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ATLANTA - (AP) A federal judge said he would likely rule by Tuesday on a lawsuit from a Georgia death row inmate who claims the state's stockpile of a key lethal injection drug has expired and could cause him to die in excruciating pain. Roy Willard... Read More

Pa. Federal Inmate Sues Over Discarded Sandwiches
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LORETTO, Pa. - (AP) An inmate of a federal prison in central Pennsylvania is suing, saying he was wrongly punished for "theft" when all he did was take about 30 sandwiches that a vendor threw in the garbage while restocking a dining hall machine... Read More

Inmate Who Was Savagely Beaten Sues Pa. County
Posted on 6 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SCRANTON, Pa. - (AP) An inmate who suffered a near-fatal beating at a northeastern Pennsylvania prison claims in a federal lawsuit that prison officials showed "deliberate indifference" and ignored warnings about his safety. The suit was filed... Read More

Feds Sue California Over Sikh Inmate Beard Punishment
Posted on 17 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of California alleging that a Sikh inmate who refused to trim his beard for religious reasons was unfairly disciplined. Sukhjinder Basra has said that guards told him... Read More

Court: $1.73M Award For Man Denied Care In Custody
Posted on 15 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A jury has awarded $1.73 million to the family of an illegal immigrant from El Salvador who died of penile cancer that went undiagnosed for more than a year while he was in state and federal custody. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury... Read More

High Court Wants Justice Brief On Abu Ghraib Lawsuit
Posted on 4 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court wants to hear what the Obama administration thinks before deciding whether to hear an appeal from former detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq over claims of abuse by defense contractors. Full version available... Read More