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Correctional Officers File Suit Over Prison Uprising

TCC PressToday Jacobs & Crumplar and The Neuberger Firm, on behalf of the estate and four survivors of a deceased correctional officer, as well as five fellow officer hostages, who survived torture, death threats and beatings in the inmate uprising in the Delaware prison system on February 1st and 2nd, filed a federal lawsuit against former Governors Jack Markell, Ruth Ann Minner, and others, seeking compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial. After an exhaustive investigation, the Complaint charges that for 16 years it was the policy of these two Governors not to employ enough officers to safely run Delaware prisons. Instead, they spent up to $23 million a year forcing understaffed officers to work 16 hour overtime shifts, to save money at the expense of risking human lives at the hands of violent criminals, as reported by The News Journal at the attached link.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2017/04/18/slain-correctional-officers-family-sues-delaware-officials/100414574/

Thomas Crumplar Interviewed By TNJ On Vaughn Prison Uprising

Jacobs & Crumplar attorney Thomas C. Crumplar discusses in a News Journal article injuries his correctional officer client sustained in the James Vaughn prison uprising and asks those with information to come forward.

Read the article here:

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2017/02/24/delaware-prison-siege-choreographed-officers-beaten-hours-vaughn-correctional-center/98272556/

National Media Quote Raeann Warner as Sex Abuse Specialist in Molly Shattuck Case

Raeann Warner of Jacobs & Crumplar was recently quoted by the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun on the sentencing of Molly Shattuck.

In June 2015, Shattuck pled guilty to fourth degree rape in the sexual assault of a 15 year old boy. She was sentenced on August 21, 2015 to 48 weekends in a community corrections center. Raeann commented on the light sentence given to Shattuck.

In the Washington Post:

Raeann Warner, a Delaware attorney who specializes in sexual abuse cases, said she was surprised that Shattuck was not given any prison time.
“It just seems light … and not in accord with sentences in cases involving less heinous sexual acts that were committed by males,” Warner said. “I hope it’s not because she’s a woman.”

In the Baltimore Sun:

Raeann Warner, a civil attorney in Delaware who represents sexual abuse victims, said she was surprised by the sentence. She said many people tend to think that abuse by female perpetrators against male victims is less serious than it is. “That’s not fair or right, because boys are just as scarred by this,” she said.

Tom Crumplar has previously blogged about this case and the double standards he pointed out when women rape young boys appear to have been borne out in the sentencing of Molly Shattuck.

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