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Sheriff Who Rehired Jailer Fired for Abuse Must Face New Claim

Jan. 14, 2022, 4:53 PM

A sheriff who rehired a jailer once fired for abusing detainees lacks immunity and must face a detainee’s civil rights suit claiming he was later sexually abused by the jailer, the Fifth Circuit said.

Tony Parker’s complaint sufficiently alleged that Shelby County, Texas, sheriff Willis Blackwell was deliberately indifferent when he rehired Korey McClure to work in the jail, the opinion by Judge James L. Dennis said.

Parker was detained in the jail when McClure grabbed his genitals on several occasions, propositioned him, and tried to extort money from him.

After McClure was arrested, Parker sued Blackwell, claiming Blackwell knew ...

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