Colorado Springs Gazette: Cause-of-Death Finding Bolsters Cover-Up Claim in Fremont County Jail Inmate’s Death

From the Colorado Springs Gazette, May 14, 2017: Cause-of-death finding bolsters cover-up claim in Fremont County jail inmate’s death By: Lance Benzel May 14, 2017 Updated: May 15, 2017 at 12:12 pm The El Paso County Coroner’s Office has issued a finding in the 2014 death of a Fremont County jail inmate that backs up […]

Judge Denies Private Jail Healthcare Providers’ Partial Motion to Dismiss Case Alleging Jail Death from Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

Budge & Heipt has successfully defeated a partial motion to dismiss filed by Correctional Healthcare Companies, Inc. and related entities in a lawsuit alleging the death of a jail inmate from benzodiazepine withdrawal. Judge William J. Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, in a 22-page ruling, denied a motion for […]

‘Atrocity:’ The Agonizing, Unnecessary 18-Day Jail Death of John Patrick Walter

Westword, a Denver-based weekly, is reporting on the in-custody death of John Patrick Walter. The jail death case, being handled by Budge & Heipt, involves allegations concerning withdrawal from Klonopin – a benzodiazepine (or “benzo”) within the same class of drugs as Xanax, Ativan, Valium and others. Benzo withdrawal, like alcohol withdrawal, can be extremely […]

Colorado Springs Gazette Publishes Exclusive Article on Jail Death Case Being Handled by Budge & Heipt

The Colorado Springs Gazette has published an exclusive article on a case being handled by Budge & Heipt involving the jail death of a pretrial detainee from prescription drug withdrawal. From The Colorado Springs Gazette, December 19, 2016: Gazette exclusive: Agonizing death of a Fremont County jail inmate drew little official inquiry By: Lance Benzel […]

Lawsuit: Fremont County jail withheld medicine, caused inmate’s death

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office also withheld crucial information on inmate’s death, a lawsuit says A Fremont County jail inmate suffered psychotic delusions and physical abuse by deputies before being found naked and dead on his cell floor in April 2014, according to a federal lawsuit. John Patrick Walter’s death is the fault of Fremont […]

Lawsuit alleges Fremont County jail inmate who died in custody was denied prescription meds

A Fremont County jail inmate died naked on the floor of his cell after he was deprived of a prescription medication and beaten by guards during bouts of withdrawal-related psychosis, a lawsuit alleges. John Patrick Walter, 53, had nine broken ribs and other injuries when Fremont County sheriff’s deputies found him unresponsive while making their […]

Jail Death Attorneys File $10 Million Wrongful Death Claim Against King County Jail

Jail death attorneys, Budge & Heipt, have filed a $10 million claim against the King County Jail in Seattle for the wrongful death of a pretrial detainee. The detainee, Nathan Zambryski, died at the jail in May 2015 from complications relating to alcohol withdrawal. Budge & Heipt, the lawyers for the estate of Mr. Zambryski, […]

Lawsuit over suspect’s death while in Maui police custody moves forward

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a terroristic threatening suspect who died while in police custody on Maui is moving forward. A federal judge ruled Wednesday night that there’s sufficient evidence to send the case to trial. The plaintiffs’ attorneys are pleased, saying they’ve now cleared a major legal […]

Alcohol Withdrawal Jail Death: State Settles Lawsuit over Ketchikan Inmate’s Death

The Juneau Empire reports on an alcohol withdrawal death lawsuit settled by the State of Alaska: ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– The state of Alaska has paid $573,000 to settle a lawsuit over the death of an inmate at the Ketchikan Correctional Center, according to attorneys representing the inmate’s mother. The wrongful death claim involves 31-year-old Troy Wallace, who […]

State Settles Wrongful Death Claim Against Ketchikan Correctional Center

Ketchikan, Alaska – According to Seattle civil rights attorneys, Ed Budge and Erik Heipt, the State of Alaska has paid $573,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit involving the death of a young man in the state-run Ketchikan Correctional Center. Thirty-one-year old Troy Wallace died in his jail cell during the early morning hours […]

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