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May 29, 2012

Judge slashes award in prison bus slaying

A judge in Baltimore has sharply reduced the damages awarded in the death of a state prison inmate who was murdered aboard a prison bus in 2005. In a decision released Tuesday, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Sylvester Cox slashed the jury award to Philip Parker Jr.’s parents and estate from $18.5 million to $600,000. […]

Apr 9, 2012

State fights $18.5M award in prison-bus slaying

The family and estate of an inmate who was slain on a prison bus should receive about 1 percent of the $18.5 million a jury awarded last fall, the attorney general’s office argued Monday in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Because the defendants are correctional officers, the state claims their liability for the death of Philip […]

Apr 9, 2012

State seeks to block $18.5M award in inmate’s death

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office is asking a Baltimore judge to cancel or reduce an $18.5 million award stemming from the murder of an inmate aboard a state prison bus. The hearing is scheduled Monday afternoon in Baltimore City Circuit Court. A jury awarded the damages in October to the parents and estate of Philip […]

Oct 24, 2011

Jury awards $18.5M in prison bus slaying suit

A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury found the state and four of five corrections officials were negligent in the death of Philip E. Parker Jr., who was killed by fellow inmate Kevin Johns during a 2005 prison bus ride from Hagerstown to the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore. After about 3½ hours of deliberations, […]

Oct 24, 2011

Jury deliberates in Md. prison bus slaying

A jury in a Baltimore civil case alleging the state was negligent in the murder of an inmate aboard a state prison bus in 2005 has begun deliberations. Closing arguments were given Monday, and deliberations began Monday afternoon. Assistant Attorney General Rex Gordon said in his summation that the five correctional officers aboard the bus […]

Oct 24, 2011

Closing arguments under way in Md. prison bus murder case

Closing arguments are under way in Baltimore in a civil case alleging negligence by the state in the death of a prison inmate murdered by another inmate on a prison bus. Plaintiffs’ attorney Samuel Shapiro asked the jury Monday to award “a full measure” of justice to compensate the parents and estate of Philip Parker […]

Oct 24, 2011

Summations set in Maryland prison bus murder case

A civil court jury in Baltimore is set to hear closing arguments in a wrongful death case stemming from an inmate-on-inmate murder aboard a state prison bus in 2005. The parents and estate of Phillip Parker Jr. are seeking $21 million from the state and five correctional officers who were aboard the vehicle during a […]

Oct 20, 2011

Former guard testifies in prison bus trial

A retired Maryland correctional officer says nothing seemed amiss on a prison bus where an inmate was murdered in 2005. Larry Cooper took the stand Thursday at the wrongful death trial in Baltimore. He says movement among the 36 inmates prompted officers to turn the lights on twice during the nighttime trip from Hagerstown — […]

Oct 11, 2011

Dead Md. inmate’s kin want jurors to see bus

A judge said Tuesday he will consider letting jurors in a wrongful death trial go inside a prison bus on which an inmate was killed by another inmate. Baltimore City Circuit Judge Sylvester Cox reserved judgment on a plaintiffs’ motion to allow jurors to view the bus on which inmate Kevin Johns strangled Philip Parker […]

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