Cases & Deals

Jury awards Pennsylvania correctional inmate $125,000 in excessive-force case

Clients Warren, Cornell L.

A Jones Day Pittsburgh team achieved a substantial jury verdict in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 excessive-force case. The pro-bono client, Mr. Cornell Warren, is an inmate in a Pennsylvania state correctional facility. Mr. Warren contended that a prison guard maliciously and intentionally broke Mr. Warren's finger during a cell extraction. Expert medical testimony supported Mr. Warren's allegations. A video of the guard's interaction with Mr. Warren was missing the key 25 seconds during which the guard broke Mr. Warren's finger. Additionally, no prison guards or officials reported Mr. Warren's repeated complaints of injury or investigated his allegations of abuse. Following a two-and-a-half day trial held in the United States Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the jury returned a verdict for Mr. Warren. The jury awarded him $50,000 in compensatory damages and $75,000 in punitive damages. The trial team consisted of Stephanie D. Taylor, David M. Belcyzk, and Katelyn M. Matscherz.