CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Thursday agreed to hear evidence in the death of a California prison inmate who, while on suicide watch, was pepper sprayed by guards because he refused to remove his hands from his cell door. The inmate relied on a breathing tube, which he removed after being sprayed, and he died some eight hours later in what prison officials initially ruled a potential suicide, corrections reports show. The man's parents have accused prison officials of attempting a cover-up in the case, an allegation California prison officials adamantly deny.
September 26, 2007
Re "Deadly medical lapses in prison," Sept. 20 It's been nearly two years since U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson appointed Robert Sillen as federal receiver for California's 32 state prisons, specifically to upgrade health and medical care for the state's 173,000 inmates. Yet The Times cites a report that states "one in six deaths of California prison inmates last year might have been preventable." California taxpayers in 2006 paid $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2003 |
Plans for a $220-million expansion of San Quentin State Prison's death row are moving forward, despite opposition from a number of elected officials. Public comment will be sought this month on issues that should be addressed in the project's environmental impact report. Funding was included in this year's state budget for the project, which calls for construction of a 535,000-square-foot death row complex with 1,024 prison cells in the southwestern portion of the 432-acre prison.
June 1, 2004 |
A prisoner whose death in Uzbek custody sparked a high-level investigation hanged himself, as authorities had said, and his body showed no signs of serious torture, international experts concluded. Andrei Shelkovenko, 36, died May 19 in a holding cell at a police station in his hometown of Gazalkent. The family and international human rights groups called for an independent investigation, saying that marks on his body might have been evidence of torture. Dr.
July 6, 2011 |
He was chained to a cot, a lone prisoner in a small cell facing eight guards who beat him while a summoned ambulance crew was kept waiting outside. When the doctors were finally admitted to the prison, they found Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky dead, his body bruised, most of his knuckles smashed, one of his arms dark blue from a grip of the handcuffs lying nearby. The attorney's death in Moscow's infamous Sailor's Silence prison was described Tuesday in a report delivered to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by his advisory human rights council.
November 29, 2010 |
The military equivalent of a preliminary hearing is set for Monday at Ft. Carson, Colo., for an Army private accused of premeditated murder in the shooting death of a senior Taliban commander being held prisoner in Afghanistan. Pfc. David W. Lawrence, 20, is accused of shooting Mullah Mohebullah in the head Oct. 17 while assigned to guard duty at a detention center in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province. Under military law, premeditated murder can carry the death penalty.