Federal Magistrate In Fayetteville Says Toss Prisoner’s Excessive Force Claim

Posted: February 5, 2014 at 5 a.m.

A federal magistrate is recommending dismissal of a prisoner’s civil rights lawsuit filed by a man who shot a policeman during a standoff.

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Prisoners And Detainees

A prisoner is anyone who is deprived of personal liberty against their will following conviction of a crime. Although not afforded all the privileges of a free citizen, a prisoner is assured certain minimal rights by the U.S. Constitution and the moral standards of the community. Detainees are individuals who are kept in jail even though they have not yet been convicted of a crime. A majority of detainees are individuals who are unable to obtain sufficient funds to post bail and therefore cannot be released from jail pending a trial on the criminal charges.

Source: The Free Legal Dictionary

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