TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A jury in Topeka has cleared two Shawnee
County jail employees of negligence in the 2002 suicide of an
inmate who hanged himself in his cell with a sheet.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/HYVZo1 ) the
jury deliberated less than 45 minutes Friday before returning the
verdict in the lawsuit brought by Cathy Thomas, mother of Anthony
Stapleton. The lawsuit noted in part that Stapleton was among six
inmates who killed themselves between December 1998 and October
2003 while in the custody of the Shawnee County corrections
Stapleton had been jailed for 38 days on charges of aggravated
robbery when he committed suicide in November 2002. He was under
special observation as a suicide risk, and fellow inmates said he
talked about killing himself.
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