Philip E. Parker, a former inmate in a Baltimore jail, was being transported by correction officers in a jail bus when he was murdered by a fellow inmate. His family brought a lawsuit claiming that the four correction officers and the State had acted negligently in the supervision of the prisoners on the bus, and as a result of their failure to supervise, that another inmate, Kevin Johns, killed Mr. Parker during the bus trip.
A jury in the Baltimore City Court awarded Parker’s family 18.5 million dollars based on this incident that took place in 2005. The State argued the situation on the bus was not foreseeable and therefore they were not negligent. The State claimed that the incident happened very quickly, and that the bus was dark, further preventing the correction officers from intervening.
The State’s Appeal
The attorneys for the State have indicated they plan to appeal the verdict. The 18.5 million dollar verdict involved 7.5 million to Parker’s mother, 1 million payable to his father and 10 million dollars to be paid to his estate. The attorney for the Parker family, Samuel M. Shapiro, stated “inmates in prison are human beings. These human beings, while incarcerated, need to be treated as human beings and if necessary, protected by the prison personnel from being murdered by other prisoners.”
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