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Del. Prison Officials Appeal Third Circuit Ruling in Suicide Case

The state filed a motion indicating it intends to ask the high court to reverse a September precedential decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit waiving qualified immunity against government officials for actions taken by their subordinates if the officials' own actions demonstrate an indifference to known deficiencies in policy or procedure. As a result of the Third Circuit's ruling, the widow and children of Christopher Barkes, an inmate who hanged himself in 2004, can sue former Department of Correction Commissioner Stanley Taylor and Raphael Williams, the warden at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution at the time of Barkes' suicide. [read the full story here]


Delaware Law Weekly, Thursday, November 6, 2014

tags: Inmate Suicides, Delaware

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