Oral Arguments Scheduled in Crawford v. Cuomo: Our Fight for Constitutional Rights of Inmates

January 21, 2015 in Civil Rights, News CRAWFORD V. CUOMO

On February 24, 2015, Adam will argue before the Second Circuit on behalf of James Crawford and Thaddeus Corley in Crawford v. Cuomo.  The case arises from a prison guard’s repeated sexual molestation of prisoners, and the Constitutional Rights of inmates.

As previously reported in the New York Law Journal, Simon Prindle, a correctional officer at Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York, repeatedly repeatedly harassed, abused, and fondled inmates under the pretext of a pat-down.  Approximately 20 other inmates filed grievances against Officer Prindle, but prison officials, including other guards who viewed the abuse in person, took no action.

In April 2013, our firm, along with the Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma filed a federal civil rights claim in the Norther District of New York on behalf of two of the abused inmates.  The District Court dismissed the suit, claiming that the abuse did not rise to an 8th Amendment violation.

Last March, we appealed to the Second Circuit to reverse this decision.  Our appeal is based in the principle that prisoners have the right to be free from sexual abuse, and that the sexual fondling of prisoners by guards violates the constitutional rights of inmates.  We are proud to be joined in our fight by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Legal Aid Society of New York, Human Rights Defense Center, Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, and the Uptown People’s Law Center, who have entered into the appeal as amici curiae in support of our appeal.

Read our appeal here

Read the Amicus Brief here

Read the opposition to our appeal here

Read our reply to the response here

If you are in the New York City area on February 24, 2015, stop by the Second Circuit at 40 Foley Square in Manhattan to watch Adam argue for civil rights, and support the fight for the constitutional rights of inmates.


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