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Judge awards money to East Tennessee jail beating victim

January 5th, 2012 10:31 am by Staff Report

Judge awards money to East Tennessee jail beating victim

CLINTON (AP) — A judge in Oak Ridge has awarded a jail beating victim more than $90,000, but also said the man bears some responsibility for what happened.

Kenneth E. King was beaten by other inmates in the Anderson County Jail after his arrest in October 2009 in what testimony showed was a shakedown over drugs.

After a trial of King's lawsuit, Circuit Court Don Elledge ruled on Wednesday that King should receive $93,500 for his injuries, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/yDFWBT).

Elledge ruled most of the responsibility fell on a former pretrial release officer who took four hours to sign release papers.

The court said King was put into a cell with other potentially violent inmates because he was verbally abusive and resisted arrest on a traffic charge.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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