Cruelty in LA Jails

The Ninth Circuit on Monday vacated partial summary judgment for L.A. County and its former Sheriff Lee Baca, and reversed and remanded denial of a new trial in favor of pretrial detainee Lecia Shorter, who alleged inadequate medical care, unconstitutional conditions of confinement, humiliating and invasive strip searches, “and that jail officials routinely left noncompliant detainees naked and chained to their cell doors, for hours at a time without access to food, water, or a toilet.”

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Manafort, in Change of Heart, Wants to Forego Jail Change

Concerned that a change in accomodations would impair their client’s ability to prepare for trial, attorneys for Paul Manafort asked a federal judge to reverse his decision to move the former Trump campaign chairman to a jail closer to the trial’s current venue.

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Cook County Must Face Claims Over Inmates’ Lewd Behavior

A federal judge refused to dismiss lawsuits from female public defenders and correctional officers who claim Cook County, Illinois, inmates have been exposing themselves and masturbating in front of them, a problem they say was exacerbated by a program rewarding detainees with pizza for not engaging in such behavior.

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