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 veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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