BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Attorney General’s Office is asking a Baltimore judge to cancel or reduce an $18.5 million damages award stemming from the murder of an inmate aboard a state prison bus.

The documents were filed Tuesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

One motion asks the court to strike the jury’s finding that three correctional officers were negligent and one was grossly negligent for failing to prevent inmate Kevin Johns from killing inmate Philip Parker Jr.

The state contends the officers are immune from liability because they’re public officials.

Another motion seeks to reduce the award for negligence to $200,000.

A third motion seeks to reduce the award for gross negligence to $645,000.

The state says that’s the most it is required to pay by law in such cases.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. 1uniquemonique says:

    If the correctional officers were public officials, who voted for them. When was an election held? If they were not negligent, why were they fired?

  2. susan says:

    You are right 1uniquemonique. The correctional officers are not officials, and since they were fired the states believes that it was possible.

  3. sheriff says:

    Give the greedy family enough for a six pack. If the dumb prick wasn’t in prison for crimes, none of this would have happened.

    1. baltimore resident says:

      so true he was a real choirboy thats why he was on a prison bus, a burden to society

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