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Fed. court: 'Gladiator prison' suit can continue

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By REBECCA BOONE = AP Writer

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A federal judge says a prison violence
lawsuit brought by 24 Idaho inmates against Corrections Corporation
of America can move forward in court.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill says he can find no reason
to prevent former Idaho Correctional Center inmate Marlin Riggs
from modifying his lawsuit to seek class-action status and add
additional plaintiffs.

Riggs sued the Nashville, Tenn., company last year, and in March
several more inmates joined him. The group says the prison is so
violent it's called ``gladiator school.'' But CCA asked the court
to reject the amended lawsuit, saying Riggs should go it alone in
court and the rest of the inmates should file a new lawsuit.

Winmill turned down the request, saying it was more efficient to
deal with the claims together.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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