On February 12, 2014, a Press Release was issued by McLeod Law Group, LLC
which featured a case where MLG Attorney James Bernice Moore III represented
one of the victim's families. The Greenville News had reported on
February 11, 2014 that the State of South Carolina had spent almost $900,000
in taxpayers' money to defend the Department of Corrections against
a lawsuit brought by
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc., who sued the agency in 2005 over alleged
constitutional violations. The lawsuit did not request monetary damages,
but instead sought improvement of the quality of the Department of Corrections'
mental healthcare program.
South Carolina Circuit Judge Michael Baxley said in his ruling that the
six-week trial of
T.R., P.R., K.W., et al. v. South Carolina Department of Corrections, et al. was the most troubling of the 70,000 cases to come before him in the
past 14 years. "The evidence in this case has proved that inmates
have died in the South Carolina Department of Corrections for lack of
basic mental health care, and hundreds more remain substantially at risk
for serious physical injury, mental decompensation, and profound, permanent
mental illness." Judge Baxley's order highlighted the story of
Jerome Laudman, who suffered from mental illness and who died from complications
of hypothermia and sepsis while in the Special Management Unit at Lee
Correctional Institution. Internal reports revealed Laudman spent eleven
days lying naked on a cold concrete floor, covered in filth, while refusing
all food and medications and ingesting his own excrement.
Attorney James B. Moore from MLG represents the family of Jerome Laudman
in a wrongful death civil rights lawsuit against the Department of Corrections.
The family was completely shocked to find out that the state would pay
$838,000 to defend a case that simply requested the Corrections Department
to improve the quality of its mental health care.
The family is asking the Corrections Department to immediately set aside
$838,407 toward plans to develop screening and mental health treatment
programs; employ more mental health professionals; improve treatment records;
identify, treat, and supervise inmates at risk for suicide.
After McLeod Law Group, LLC issued a press release, The Post and Courier
printed a story about the case citing Attorney James Moore's involvement
representing the family of Jerome Laudman. The story was published on
the front page of the South section in The Post and Courier and has been
posted to their website.
You can read the firm's full Press Release here
and the full news article from The Post and Courier here.