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Judge Rules For Guard In Lawsuit

Associated Press - October 22, 2014 8:04 am

The last of five defendants in the death of a Pittsburg State University student has been sentenced.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a former Shawnee County corrections officer who was sued by an inmate who claimed he wasn’t protected from another inmate.

Former Shawnee County Jail inmate Armando Ruiz contended former guard Emmanuel Clifton violated his constitutional rights when he failed to protect him from another inmate before a January 2012 altercation.

The 60-year-old Ruiz, who now serving time at El Dorado Correction Facility for indecent solicitation of a child, filed a handwritten lawsuit in March 2013 seeking $300,000 from Shawnee County, Clifton and county counselor Rich Eckert.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia last week ruled in Clifton’s favor because video footage showed Ruiz kicked the other inmate first.

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Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal