Federal Prison

A former inmate may pursue her claims that she was sexually assaulted and enslaved by a captain at a federal prison, a federal court in West Virginia ruled. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency allegedly warned the woman to stop pursuing her civil case and the captain allegedly threatened her, telling her he could gather data on her family and affect her immigration status.

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Deceptive Practices

The deceptive practices provision of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act do not apply to educational and recreational services offered by religious institutions, the state’s Supreme Court ruled. The state’s Attorney General had alleged the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston violated the Act by knowingly employing sexual abusers and hiding that danger.

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Traffic Stop

Accepting the allegation that a police officer did not use his lights or sirens to initiate a traffic stop gone wrong that resulted in the paralysis of a motorcyclist, a federal court in West Virginia ruled that the officer and his colleague are not entitled to immunity on Fourth Amendment claims. After running the plaintiff into a pond, the officers allegedly used pepper spray and “stomped” on his head even though he was motionless.

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