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Appeals court revives suit over prisoner transport

June 26, 2018
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A prisoner who alleges a corrections department officer gave him a painful and wild bus ride will get his day in court.

An appeals court said Daryl Becher doesn't have governmental immunity in a lawsuit.

Danielle Scott claims he was injured while being transferred across the state to a prison in Ionia in 2013.

Scott alleges Becher laughed and hit the gas at high speed while transporting handcuffed prisoners. Scott claims he hurt his neck and back when the bus hit a bump, sending passengers airborne.

A federal appeals court this month called it an obvious constitutional violation. The court also said Scott's lawsuit can proceed against a prison nurse.

Federal Magistrate Judge Ray Kent had recommended that the lawsuit be dismissed. Judge Robert Jonker agreed.

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