Cases & Deals

Prisoner is successful in a civil-rights action against a former correctional lieutenant for alleged excessive use of force

Clients Mel Tyrone Edward

Jones Day San Francisco successfully represented Mel Tyrone Edward in Edward v. Scarsella, a civil-rights action against a former correctional lieutenant for alleged excessive use of force. In June 2002, defendant Scarsella initiated, authorized, and participated in the unlawful cell extraction and assault of Mr. Edward, who was an inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento. The defendant and others under his direction doused Mr. Edward with pepper spray, including several high-volume canisters intended for crowd control in open areas. Defendant Scarsella dragged Mr. Edward down two flights of stairs by his ankle shackles and, when Mr. Edward was fully restrained on a gurney, punched him twice in the face. Subsequently, in a falsified incident report that contributed to the decision to place Mr. Edward in solitary confinement for up to nine months, the defendant accused Mr. Edward of assaulting an officer during this incident. Mr. Edward litigated the case pro se until Jones Day was appointed by the court in January 2008. After twice reopening discovery, Jones Day obtained a $40,000 settlement on Mr. Edward's behalf for physical and psychological injuries stemming from the incident.

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