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Andrew C. Adair Was Appointed to Represent Appellant

23 January 2008
Andrew C. Adair, an Associate in the Washington Office, is handling the appeal of federal inmate Curtis Dale, who is currently serving a 168-month sentence. Dale has frequently left prison to testify for the government. Upon returning from two such excursions while housed in a maximum-security facility in Terre Haute, Indiana, Dale notified prison intake authorities that he feared reprisals from other inmates for being a "snitch." He also requested a transfer to a medium-security facility in Pekin, Illinois. Dale's fears were realized shortly thereafter when another inmate stabbed Dale seven times in the prison yard. The Bureau of Prisons later transferred Dale to Pekin.

Dale has sued four federal correctional officers for violating his Eighth Amendment right to be free of cruel and unusual punishments, and for failing to protect him from a threat that they knew about. The U.S. District Court in Indianapolis entered summary judgment for the federal officers, and Dale has appealed. The case caption is Dale v. Poston, et al., Docket No. 06-2847.

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