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Old 05-28-2012, 06:43 PM
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My brother got hurt, multiple times, by a prison guard. He is in the micheal unit. He wants to press charges, so we would like to get a lawyer to look into the case for us. We live in a different state, so going to texas to look for one is out of the question. Finding one close to the prison will be the best solution because the lawyer may have to go the prison to talk to my brother personally. We're asking if anyone has had a similar situation happen to them and if there are any lawyer recommendations?

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I'm sure someone will come along shortly who will be able to help you out. There are many attorneys who have been cussed/discussed on the forum . . . so you should get some good info.

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My brother got hurt, multiple times, by a prison guard. He is in the micheal unit. He wants to press charges, so we would like to get a lawyer to look into the case for us. We live in a different state, so going to texas to look for one is out of the question. Finding one close to the prison will be the best solution because the lawyer may have to go the prison to talk to my brother personally. We're asking if anyone has had a similar situation happen to them and if there are any lawyer recommendations?

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My son needs a lawyer too, his about to go to prison an scared something like this is going to happen to him. But hes going to prison for something he didn't do.... And the police know THISIf theres any lawyers in illinois that can help please.
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It need not be someone who practices in the Anderson County area. You are looking for someone that does civil work since otherwise you need to be able to persuade either a DA or an AUSA to be willing to pick up the matter for criminal charges (which you will not be able to prosecute on an individual basis).

There are other issues that will come into place with respect to liability in terms of monetary awards, although I know that Richard Gladden just had a lengthy Opinion/Order come out of Austin a little over a week ago regarding parole employees and Board member liability. It expanded on some other decisions he had been involved with concerning getting around the whole immunity defenses that historically come into play on this type of litigation. It was out of Yeakel's court and I believe it got some press in both Grits for Breakfast as well as the Austin American Statesman. It was a decision that I know the State took notice of because one of my agency contacts forwarded me an internal email that had routing that started in the Director's office...and for that to occur says Yeakel yanked SOMEONE'S chain.

The problem you will run into is that these are not cases that most people will take on a contingency basis and it will be even more difficult finding a firm to take it on a pro bono basis. Litigation at the federal level is costly, even moreso when filing suit against the State.
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My son needs a lawyer too, his about to go to prison an scared something like this is going to happen to him. But hes going to prison for something he didn't do.... And the police know THISIf theres any lawyers in illinois that can help please.
Hi elliemay, and welcome to PTO! You have posted in the Texas specific forums, and I don't know that many Texas members will be able to help. But if you look around and perhaps post your question in the ILLINOIS specifc forums, maybe the Illinois PTO members can help. I wish you the best of luck!
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It need not be someone who practices in the Anderson County area. You are looking for someone that does civil work since otherwise you need to be able to persuade either a DA or an AUSA to be willing to pick up the matter for criminal charges (which you will not be able to prosecute on an individual basis).

There are other issues that will come into place with respect to liability in terms of monetary awards, although I know that Richard Gladden just had a lengthy Opinion/Order come out of Austin a little over a week ago regarding parole employees and Board member liability. It expanded on some other decisions he had been involved with concerning getting around the whole immunity defenses that historically come into play on this type of litigation. It was out of Yeakel's court and I believe it got some press in both Grits for Breakfast as well as the Austin American Statesman. It was a decision that I know the State took notice of because one of my agency contacts forwarded me an internal email that had routing that started in the Director's office...and for that to occur says Yeakel yanked SOMEONE'S chain.

The problem you will run into is that these are not cases that most people will take on a contingency basis and it will be even more difficult finding a firm to take it on a pro bono basis. Litigation at the federal level is costly, even moreso when filing suit against the State.

Thanks for the info. I figured it would be a long shot. There's gotta be something we can do though. Contact a representative, the director of prisons, or at least hire a lawyer to look at the case; maybe letting the guards know or at least think that my brother will have competent representation if the activities continue.
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