October 29, 1999 |
One of four guards accused of setting up a prisoner's rape testified Thursday that the inmate never asked for help or said his life would be in danger because of his new cellmate. Sgt. Joe Sanchez said inmate Eddie Dillard simply asked to be moved from his cell and never mentioned that his cellmate, Wayne Robertson, had raped him. Robertson is known at Corcoran as the "Booty Bandit" because of his well-known propensity to rape other prisoners.
March 23, 2000 |
A prisoner's civil rights lawsuit against five Corcoran State Prison guards has been thrown out of court by a federal judge. Inmate Ronnie Dewberry represented himself in the case against five officers until it was dismissed late Tuesday. Dewberry, a convicted killer from Oakland, said he was put into the now-infamous security housing unit's exercise yard at the prison with his enemies and was wounded by a gas gun fired to break up a fight in which he was involved.
July 6, 1998 |
Even as Corcoran State Prison was coming apart at the seams, the state watchdog team that finally visited the prison in 1993 didn't raise any questions about staged fights or allegations of brutality. Instead, the Inspector General's Office asked about inmate showers, linens and underwear. Were the cells clean and well lighted? Did the toilets flush properly? The squad of inspectors left, giving the prison a clean bill of health.
May 25, 2000 |
The Corcoran State Prison guard who shot and killed an inmate during a 1994 brawl says that there was no guard conspiracy to set up gladiator-style fights between prisoners. Officer Christopher Bethea told the jury Tuesday that he had no idea there was going to be a fight on April 2, 1994. "With all your training, can you predict with any degree of certainty when there's going to be a fight and when there's not?" asked Bethea's lawyer, Michael Rains.
July 5, 1998 |
For seven years, the state of California turned a blind eye to the deadliest prison in America, where 50 inmates were wounded or shot dead by guards. Gov. Pete Wilson and the man who wants to succeed him, Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, finally launched an examination of Corcoran State Prison that ended last year. The result was a whitewash--a pair of investigations that never probed any of the seven deaths or the other serious shootings, The Times has found.
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October 22, 2003 |
Three guards and a former medical assistant were not responsible for the rape of an inmate at a state prison once considered the nation's deadliest, a jury determined Tuesday. The jury deliberated for about five hours in the four-week federal civil rights trial in which Eddie Webb Dillard claimed that guards and the medical technician at California State Prison, Corcoran, had set up and then covered up incidents in which he was raped by murderer Wayne Robertson.
March 19, 1999 |
California's corrections chief said Thursday that he has launched an investigation into the near-death of an inmate at Corcoran State Prison that occurred after a guard left his post in a high-security exercise yard and two inmates then repeatedly kicked and pummeled the rival.
November 27, 1996 |
This little San Joaquin Valley town, like so much of what might be called civilized California, originated within the imagination of a real estate speculator. Nearly a century ago, one E.J. Whitley of Los Angeles, a subdivider of Hollywood and Van Nuys, stepped off a train, observed a rough landscape of long grasses and wild pigs, and declared that here he would build his next community. He backed his vision with the purchase of 3,200 acres, and started plotting streets. Soon a problem emerged.
May 19, 2000 |
Jurors in the federal trial of eight Corcoran prison guards accused of setting up inmate fights now have firsthand knowledge of the maximum security lock-down. The 12 jurors and three alternates on Thursday toured the Security Housing Unit at Corcoran State Prison where the guards are alleged to have pitted prisoners against one another in gladiator-style fights. Jurors had repeatedly asked U.S.
March 19, 1998 |
As part of the federal government's growing scrutiny of California prisons, the FBI is launching civil rights investigations at the Pelican Bay and Susanville penitentiaries into the role guards may have played in the beatings and killings of inmates. FBI officials said the decision to investigate follows a number of recent assaults and deaths of inmates at the two maximum-security prisons in Northern California.