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Cook County, Ill., Inmates File Lawsuits Alleging Illegal Shackling During Childbirth

ILLINOIS - (Medical News Today) Twenty female former inmates in Cook County, Ill., have filed lawsuits against the county sheriff's office claiming they were handcuffed by their wrists or shackled by their legs during labor and childbirth . . . . read more

U.S. Supreme Court To Consider California Prison Crowding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) In a case pitting states rights against the power of the federal judiciary, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about a federal court order requiring California to release inmates from its overcrowded prisons. At issue during Tuesday's hearing is the medical and mental...

Lawyer For Texas Exonerees Faces State Bar Misconduct Suit

ARLINGTON, Texas - (AP) The State Bar of Texas has filed a lawsuit against an attorney who collected millions of dollars from wrongly convicted ex-inmates, saying he committed professional misconduct by charging fees that were illegal and unconscionable. Lubbock attorney Kevin Glasheen has been credited...

FDA Sued Over Shipments Of Drug Used In Executions

(AP) A lawsuit has been filed against the Food and Drug Administration and it urges a judge to block overseas shipments of a key drug used in U.S. executions. The drug, sodium thiopental, has been in short supply since the sole U.S. maker decided to stop producing it. Full version available to lexis...

Feds Sue California Over Sikh Inmate Beard Punishment

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 he violated a rule prohibiting inmates from growing...

Family Of Slain Oklahoma Couple Sue Arizona Officials

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 that it placed the public in danger. The lawsuit...

Alabama Settles Lawsuit Over Conditions At Tough Prison

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 at the penitentiary. The changes are part...

Judge Denies Muslim Inmate's Lawsuit Over Beard

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) Virginia's prison system did not violate a Muslim inmate's religious rights when it refused to allow him to grow a 1/8-inch beard, which he believes is required by his religion, a federal judge has ruled. William Couch, a 50-year-old Sunni Muslim, is a medium-security prisoner...

Judge Rules Against Gag Order In Idaho Prison Lawsuit

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 , the Idaho Correctional Center inmates ask for class...

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Immunity Of Correctional Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Section 26809(h) of 28 U.S. Code clearly provides a waiver of sovereign immunity and "extends the waiver to any claim for one of the six enumerated torts committed by a Federal investigative or law enforcement officer acting within the scope of his or her employment...