APPEALS COURT DISMISSES SUPERMAX SUIT
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.