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Newby v. The District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
59 F. Supp. 2d 35 (1999)
Jacquelyn Newby (plaintiff) was an inmate at the District of Columbia Jail in July 1995. Prison guards forced Newby and other female prisoners to wear g-strings and participate in strip-shows and exotic dancing. On at least one occasion, Newby and the female prisoners were nude. Supervisory officials were never present or on duty in the area where the dancing took place. Bonita Pryor, who refused to participate in the dancing, was beaten by a prison guard. Shawnez Williams participated in the dancing out of fear of physical retaliation. Newby was involved in an illegal sexual relationship with Quida Graham, a prison guard. Newby sued the District of Columbia for violations of the Eighth Amendment under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and moved for a directed verdict.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sporkin, J.)
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