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Trial Coverage: Week 2

Feb. 17, 2012: The tenth day of trial, and the third day of inmate testimony, began with James Wilson, who described his childhood as a series of suicide attempts. He set himself on fire as a young child of seven or eight; then set the woods on fire and jumped in. Read more...

Feb. 16, 2012: In the ninth day of trial on what was the second day of inmate testimony in the MentalHealth4Inmates trial, five inmates testified about conditions and treatment in S.C. Dept. of Corrections facilities. Read more...

Feb. 15, 2012: In testimony on the eighth day of the Mental Health for Inmates lawsuit against the S.C. Department of Corrections, five inmates testified under oath about conditions and treatment in South Carolina prisons. Read more...

Feb. 14, 2012: Continuation of cross examination of S.J. Martin. Martin was questioned by the defendant’s attorney: Q: Compared with the risk of harming self with knife, the gas is the lesser of two evils, isn’t it? Yes, but the question is why did they wait 3.5 hours to ameliorate the risk? Read more...

Feb. 13, 2012: Steve J. Martin, expert witness for the plaintiffs in the Mental Health for Inmates trial, returned to the stand for more direct testimony on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Martin outlined the various ways SCDC failed to meet standards of response to inmates, particularly in terms of use of force policies on mentally ill inmates. Read more...