Friday, July 31, 2009

Jury Finds Federal Corrections Officer Guilty on Civil Rights Charges

Civil Rights, Federal Criminal Defense Appeals, Federal Criminal DefenseA federal jury has found Edwin Sharma, a former Bureau of Prisons officer, guilty of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Richard Delano, an inmate, and of violating his civil rights by arranging for another inmate to assault him. Sharma is now facing the possibility of life imprisonment on each of these charges and a $250,000 fine.

On March 1, 2005 Sharma and a co-conspirator moved Richard Delano into another inmate’s cell at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex. At trial, the evidence demonstrated that Sharma knew the inmate was likely to assault Delano and actually encouraged the inmate to assault Delano. On March 4th, the inmate assaulted Delano. This assault eventually led to the death of Delano because of the injuries he sustained during the assault.