From: U.S. Department of Justice <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division News
The Justice Department announced yesterday that former jail trustee Willie James Caruthers pleaded guilty yesterday to acting with several others, including law enforcement officials, to assault an inmate inside of the Wilcox County, Ga., Jail on July 23, 2009. Caruthers also pleaded guilty to conspiring to tamper with a witness in connection with the assault.
During his plea hearing and in the factual basis he signed, Caruthers admitted that he, along with several other individuals, including former Wilcox County Sheriff Stacy Bloodsworth, assaulted Wilcox County inmate K.H., causing K.H. to suffer a broken jaw. Caruthers further admitted that he was present when several individuals, including then-Sheriff Bloodsworth, assaulted inmates K.F. and T.O., causing both of them to sustain bruises, scratches and pain. During the plea hearing, Caruthers further admitted that he conspired with several other people, including Stacy Bloodsworth, to cover up the fact that law enforcement officials and others had used excessive force against inmates K.H., K.F. and T.O. Caruthers acknowledged that the plan of the conspiracy was for the co-conspirators to prepare false reports and submit them to Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office officials and to make statements consistent with those false reports to anyone inquiring about the excessive use of force incident. To read more, click here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/Apri ... t-432.html