AP­PEALS COURT DIS­MISSES SUPERMAX SUIT

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

A fed­eral ap­peals court in Den­ver on Wed­nes­day up­held the dis­missal of a civil law­suit against the war­den of the na­tion’s high­est se­cu­rity prison for fail­ing to treat a se­verely men­tally ill of­fender be­fore he com­mit­ted sui­cide in his cell.

The U.S. 10th Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals up­held a lower court de­ci­sion dis­miss­ing the case against War­den Blake Davis on be­half of the es­tate of Jose Martin Vega, who hanged him­self on May 1, 2010, in his cell at Ad­min­is­tra­tive Max­i­mum U.S. Pen­i­ten­tiary (known as Supermax) in Florence.

The law­suit was one of many crit­i­ciz­ing and chal­leng­ing the level of men­tal health treat­ment pro­vided to scores of men­tally ill in­mates at Supermax. The law­suit ac­cused the war­den of de­lib­er­ate in­dif­fer­ence to Vega’s men­tal health needs.

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