A federal judge denied a motion filed by lawyers from a Seattle-based legal aid service that claimed Franklin County jail staff are mistreating some inmates.
U.S. District Court Judge Stan Bastian denied a temporary restraining order to stop the "inhumane practices," saying he didn't think Franklin County officials were properly notified of the motion, said Nick Straley, who represents inmates named in a lawsuit. He said he plans to ask the judge to reconsider.
The motion was separate from a lawsuit that Columbia Legal Services filed earlier this month. The lawsuit claims jail staff improperly used restraint chairs, pepper sprayed inmates for no reason and ignored some inmates' mental health needs, among other things.
Sheriff Richard Lathim has denied his staff did anything wrong and claims the lawsuit is a "bunch of lies." Franklin County has yet to respond formally to the lawsuit.