August 26, 1997
Angry over the alleged abuse of their prisoners in a Texas jail, Missouri officials sued Brazoria County, accusing it of a cover-up. The suit comes in the wake of a videotape that appears to show jail guards kicking Missouri inmates, zapping them with stun guns and forcing them to crawl around on their stomachs. The inmates were in the Brazoria County Detention Center, south of Houston, where guards work for a private company that manages the jail.
June 8, 1996 |
A wealthy Missouri prison inmate was ordered this week to foot his own prison bill. Daryle Gilyard, a millionaire serving a life sentence for murder, was ordered by a Cole County judge to pay $97,724.61 for his room and board. Officials said the amount was the largest lump sum ever won from an inmate under the Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act, a 1988 law that allows the state to recover costs for inmate care after any obligations to a spouse or children are met. Gilyard won a $4.
December 7, 1989 |
For the first time, the Supreme Court grappled Wednesday with a disturbing question that thousands of family members, doctors and nurses face each year: Under what conditions can a profoundly ill or comatose person be allowed to die? Since a 1983 auto accident, Nancy Beth Cruzan has lain unconscious and been fed through a surgically inserted tube. Her parents are asking that the tube be removed and that their daughter, now 32 years old, be allowed to die.