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Wed August 29, 2007
State Asks Judge to End Prison Oversight
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Attorney General's Office has
asked a federal judge to end his oversight of the state
penitentiary in Rawlins.
The AG's Office says that the state has taken the necessary
steps to protect inmates there from assaults from other inmates.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer oversees operations at the
Rawlins prison under an ACLU class action lawsuit. The suit was
filed after inmate Brad Skinner was severely beaten by three other
inmates in 1999.
Brimmer last year declined the state's first request to end the
The ACLU hasn't yet filed its response to the state's latest
request to terminate the lawsuit. Attempts to reach ACLU lawyer
Stephen Pevar for comment on Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Pevar filed papers in the case yesterday (Tuesday) claiming that
prison officials have violated an inmate's constitutional rights by
interrogating him about his privileged communications with Pevar.
Pevar wants Brimmer to issue an order barring state prison
officials from allowing employees at the prison to interrogate
inmates about their attorney-client communications.
Attempts to reach Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank for comment
on Pevar's allegations were unsuccessful.