Court unlikely to allow private prison to be sued

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The Supreme Court seems unlikely to allow employees at a privately run federal prison to be sued by an inmate in federal court.

The high court on Tuesday heard arguments by lawyers from the GEO Group, formerly known as Wackenhut Corrections Corp. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Richard Lee Pollard could sue GEO officials for injuries he suffered while imprisoned in Taft, Calif.

But the company running the prison says their employees shouldn't be sued in federal court because prisoners are required to use state courts first.

Justices repeatedly questioned Pollard's lawyer about why his client did not file a state negligence lawsuit against GEO officials. Pollard's lawsuit will be dismissed if he can't sue in federal court, because the state statute of limitations has expired.

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