A federal judge, trying to determine whether Wilson County, Tn., jail officials are intimidating potential witnesses in an ongoing civil suit about alleged abuse, heard a former inmate tell of being beaten so badly that he required a trip to a hospital for treatment and a brain scan, the Tennessean in Nashville reported. Another described being hog-tied and bound to a floor drain in the drunk tank.
It is part of a pattern of intimidation and abuse that plaintiffs’ attorney Jerry Gonzalez says is hampering efforts to find witnesses as he pursues lawsuits on behalf of Wilson County inmates. He wants U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell to order jailers not to intimidate potential witnesses. The county says it is doing no such thing.