Federal jurors in Wichita Falls, Tx., rejected former inmate Roderick Keith Johnson’s allegations that prison officials subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment by failing to protect him from inmate rape and sexual slavery at the Allred prison in Texas, reports the Wichita Falls Times Record News. It took jurors eight hours over two days after a month of testimony to determine the six defendants weren’t liable.
Johnson, a 37-year-old gay man, left the courtroom before the verdict. The six defendants said: “The jury’s ruling shows a tremendous confidence in our ability to do our jobs professionally and without bias.” The trial was important in spite of the verdict, said attorney Margaret Winter of the American Civil Liberties Union. “There’s been a very, very dark place, a real dungeon, a real hell,” she said. “And a window has been opened into that hell.” The ACLU plans to file similar cases. “People will still come forward, I believe, just because the suffering is so great,” Winter said.