A Downtown attorney must pay his rival in a court case that involved the death of an inmate $2,750 after a judge today imposed an unusual sanction for "systemic refusal to follow this Court’s most basic orders."
Ordered to pay the fee from his personal funds is attorney Stanley A. Winikoff, longtime representative of Allegheny Correctional Health Services, which handled health care at the Allegheny County Jail through August.
The Philadelphia law firm Kolman Ely will receive the payment.
That firm is representing the family of Derek E. Black, of Bethel Park, who was jailed on drug and theft charges, got in a fight with another inmate and was denied medical treatment until it was too late to treat his injuries, according to the lawsuit. He died at age 28 and his family has sued Allegheny Correctional and the county.
The defense has been in hot water with U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy since February, when she publicly rebuked both Mr. Winikoff and former county assistant solicitor Craig Maravich for ignoring her orders to provide information to Kolman Ely. She then sanctioned Mr. Maravich, after which he left the county's Law Department.
The sanction against Mr. Winikoff represents the cost of 10 hours of time for an associate at Kolman Ely.
Mr. Winikoff could not be immediately reached for comment.
Rich Lord: email@example.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter: @richelord.