NM sexual assault prison lawsuit trial begins

Posted at: 11/06/2012 7:36 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A trial of a sexual assault lawsuit filed by two New Mexico female inmates against the nation's largest private, for-profit prison operator has begun.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a woman who is serving a 13-year forgery sentence at the Grants Women's Correctional Facility told jurors Monday about a sexual assault by a male nurse.

Two inmates are suing Corrections Corporation of America over allegations of sexual assaults and retaliation after reporting the assaults.

Daniel Struck, the Phoenix attorney defending CCA, said the case was about "hustling."

He portrayed one of the plaintiffs as a troublemaker with over 25 disciplinary infractions. Only two women remain as plaintiffs among the four women who filed the lawsuit in 2009, because settlements were reached with the two others.

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