Sunday, July 25, 2004

Chief Judge Jones finds warden, others liable to inmate in Wallens Ridge case

In Sadler v. Young, Chief Judge Jones, acting on the plaintiff's post-trial motions, overruled a defense verdict for the defendants and concluded that the plaintiff was entitled to judgment as a matter of law on liability and ordered a new trial on damages only. The case involved the use of five-point restraints on the plaintiff, an inmate, who was restrained in this manner for nearly two whole days. The defendants included Warden Stan Young, as to whom the Court found the plaintiff had presented sufficient evidence for supervisory liability under 42 U.S.C. 1983. The other defendants were three corrections officers. The plaintiff was one of the inmates brought to Wallens Ridge from Connecticut.

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