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Federal jury: Lewis and Clark County not liable for inmate's beating in jail

Tuesday, November 28, 2017  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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A federal jury on Monday struck down a civil lawsuit filed by a Montana state inmate claiming his civil rights were violated while he was incarcerated in the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center.

The Independent Record reports that Duane Belanus, 40, filed the lawsuit in 2012, alleging his rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment were violated by county employees who allowed him to be beaten by other inmates in 2009. Belanus alleged that the assault left him with with permanent facial disfigurements, severe migraines, chipped teeth, ringing in the ears, a popping jaw, nightmares, anxiety, a broken nose and a broken jaw.

The jury decided that none of the three officers on duty violated Belanus’ constitutional rights and awarded him no damages.