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2 Corrections officers dismissed from inmate’s lawsuit

TWO Corrections officers were dismissed from the lawsuit of an inmate who is suing the Department of Corrections in federal court for  inadequate mental healthcare and for subjecting him to solitary confinement and isolation.

Jerry Ray, through his counsel Jeanne H. Rayphand, and Assistant Attorneys General Hessell Yntema and Christopher Timmons, representing the defendants, have stipulated to the dismissal of Corrections Capt. Pius P. Yaroitemal, and operations commander David Deleon Guerrero from the lawsuit.

The other defendants are Corrections Commissioner Vincent S. Attao, Director Gregory Castro, former acting Commissioner Georgia M. Cabrera and classification officer Cynthia B. Santos.

 In a recent ruling, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona granted in part and denied in part the CNMI government’s motion for summary judgment.

Judge Manglona said Ray exhausted administrative remedies with respect to his grievances, but not with respect to sanctions.

She denied the defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to judicial review of Ray’s grievances, but grants it as to sanctions.

In his lawsuit, Ray asked the court for an award of damages "for the unconstitutional 'administrative segregation,' isolation and solitary confinement for the period June 19, 2016 to June 27, 2017, and for the isolation and solitary confinement for the period June 27, 2017 to May 7, 2018 in the amount of $100 per day or an amount to be decided by the court."

He also asked for damages “for the denial of psychiatric mental healthcare, including evaluation, treatment, medication and counseling.”

A repeat offender, Ray has been an inmate at Corrections since 2012, when he was convicted of burglary.