U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Union County prisoner

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 27, 2013 11:13 AM

(Washington, DC) -- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Union County prisoner, saying the federal government can be sued for abuse claims against prison guards. 


The high court has unanimously ruled for Kim Lee Millbrook, a prisoner at the federal prison in Lewisburg. Millbrook accused prison guards of sexually assaulting him in May 2010. Prison officials said Millbrook's claim was unsubstantiated. 

Millbrook sued the federal government, but the lower courts threw out his lawsuit. He appealed to the Supreme Court, writing his petition in longhand. 

Justice Clarence Thomas spoke for the court that Millbrook's lawsuit can move forward.

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