- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a federal prisoner in a northwestern Arkansas jail who said staff used excessive force against him.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2rkdrQt ) reports that Eastern Arkansas’ U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes ruled that 47-year-old James Clayton Solomon didn’t prove allegations filed in federal court in 2010.

Holmes also ruled that jailers weren’t blameless in causing a fight that led to Solomon’s charges against them.

In the lawsuit, Solomon said two deputy marshals threatened him with retaliation after he wrote a letter to U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson in April 2008 that said he hoped the judge would die a slow and painful death from a disease.

Solomon wrote the letter after Dawson sentenced him to five years in prison for violating his supervised release on a federal drug conviction in Oklahoma.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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