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Jurors Rap Cops in Police Beat Down Case

Jurors Rap Cops in Police Beat Down Case

[Ed. Note. This post contains a video which some viewers may find disturbing.] A federal jury ruled against two Des Moines police officers and found they used excessive force. Dustin Burnikel claims he was beaten by the two cops on a downtown street.
According to his complaint, Burnikel...


Two Prison Guards Charged with Inmate Abuse in Columbia County

Two Prison Guards Charged with Inmate Abuse in Columbia County

[Updated September 2019] Two correctional officers at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin, Russell Goldsmith (63) and Michael Thompson (46), have been charged with abuse of an inmate and misconduct of public office.
The incident spans several days and involves several people. On...

Who Handles Meds in Private Prisons?

Who Handles Meds in Private Prisons?

Jails And Prison Healthcare Providers Responsible for Medication Errors A recent jury verdict in Texas suggests that substance abuse facilities don’t have to follow the same rules as ordinary hospitals and clinics. In most healthcare facilities, only medically licensed professionals have...


Washington Inmate Awarded $549,000 in Pain Medication Denial Case

Washington Inmate Awarded $549,000 in Pain Medication Denial Case

Etienne Choquette, 54, an inmate in the Washington State penal system, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 2009. In early November 2018, a federal jury in Tacoma awarded him $149,000 in compensatory damages and $400,000 in punitive damages – damages meant to punish the offender for,...