Jail captain not responsible for epileptic inmate's injuries

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A jury late Monday ruled that a Washington County Correctional Facility captain was not responsible for any injuries that an epileptic inmate suffered in 2010.

David D. Wise, 33, of Washington, Pa., was serving time for homicide by vehicle, a charge that stemmed from a seizure he suffered while driving, according to his attorney, Lawrence Fisher.

He alleged that while locked up he was mocked, screamed at, dumped on the floor, isolated and injured to the point of disability. He was too sick to attend his own trial, and his case hinged on the testimony of another inmate.

Following a trial that opened April 8, a U.S. District Court jury found that jail Captain Michael King was not responsible for any harm suffered by the inmate, and so neither was the county.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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