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Case Number: 6:19-cr-00082-CHB-HAI
Judge: Claria Horn Boom
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (Laurel County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, London, Kentucky
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Description: London, Kentucky civil rights violation criminal defense lawyer represented Derek Steven Clark, age 25, a former Rockcastle Deputy Jailer for violating the civil rights of an inmate in his custody.
Clark was convicted by a federal jury, in July 2020. According to testimony at trial, Clark and others placed an inmate victim into a restraint chair. Clark then aided and commanded the assault of the victim by another inmate, which resulted in bodily injury. Afterwards, Clark completed an official incident report, to document the incident; but in completing that report, Clark falsely stated that, after he and others placed the victim in the restraint chair, the victim began spitting at deputy jailers, causing two inmates to intervene. Clark’s false report indicated one inmate instinctively slapped the victim, which caused the victim’s lip to bleed, and the victim then spit blood, causing the inmate to punch the victim.
The evidence established that, in truth, Clark and others placed the victim into the restraint chair, and the victim did not become physically combative or spit at deputies, before being punched by the inmate.
Under federal law, Clark must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for two years, following his release.
Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and James Robert Brown, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office, jointly announced the sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI. The United States was represented in the case by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins.
18:241 and 18:2 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT DEPRIVATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW AND AIDING AND ABETTING
18:242 AND 18:2 AIDING AND ABETTING THE DEPRIVATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW RESULTING IN BODILY INJURY
18:p1519 OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
Outcome: 39 MONTHS ON EACH OF COUNTS 1-3, CONCURRENT, 2 YEARS SUPERVISED RELEASE COUNTS 1-3, CONCURRENT, $100 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT EACH COUNT, RESTITUTION TO BE DETERMINED