Judge dismisses inmate’s lawsuit


The federal court has dismissed an inmate’s lawsuit against some former and current Department of Corrections officials who allegedly put him in solitary confinement and failed to provide him with adequate mental health treatment.

In an order Tuesday, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona dismissed Jerry Ray’s lawsuit after the parties reached a settlement agreement.

Ray can no longer re-file the case.

Manglona instructed the court’s clerk to close the case.

The CNMI government and some former and current DOC officials agreed to settle the lawsuit by paying Ray $500 in court costs and amending DOC’s regulations on disciplinary sanctions and administrative segregation, among other terms.

The remaining defendants in this case are the CNMI government, former DOC commissioner Vincent S. Attao, DOC director Gregory Castro, and classification officer Cynthia B. Santos.

The court earlier dismissed the claims against three other DOC officials.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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