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madmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:08 AM
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Trial expert has link to Abu Ghraib
Rsum says man set to testify for county in jail-abuse lawsuit helped open the Iraq prison.


When the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in the spring of 2004, DeLand and three other civilian contractors were denounced by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat, who accused DeLand of having a "checkered record" as Utah's state director of prisons.

DeLand ran Utah's state prison system from 1985 to 1992 after a stint running the county jail in Salt Lake City. Veteran civil-rights attorney Rocky Anderson, who is now the mayor of Salt Lake City, describes DeLand's Utah corrections record as "appalling."

"Mr. DeLand demonstrated a complete lack of humanity in his treatment of prisoners to the point of open contempt," Anderson said Tuesday in a statement relayed by a spokesman.

Despite his critics, DeLand has made a successful career as a corrections expert. He is president of a criminal justice consulting firm, executive director of the Utah Sheriffs' Association and author of dozens of articles on prison management. In the past four years, according to his rsum, he has served as an expert witness in 17 cases across the West and the Southeast.
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madmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:47 AM
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1.  Exporting America's Prison Problems
In 1997 a 29-year-old schizophrenic inmate named Michael Valent was stripped naked and strapped to a restraining chair by Utah prison staff because he refused to take a pillowcase off his head. Shortly after he was released some sixteen hours later, Valent collapsed and died from a blood clot that blocked an artery to his heart.

The chilling incident made national news not only because it happened to be videotaped but also because Valent's family successfully sued the State of Utah and forced it to stop using the device. Director of the Utah Department of Corrections, Lane McCotter, who was named in the suit and defended use of the chair, resigned in the ensuing firestorm.

Some six years later, Lane McCotter was working in Abu Ghraib prison, part of a four-man team of correctional advisers sent by the Justice Department and charged with the sensitive mission of reconstructing Iraq's notorious prisons, ravaged by decades of human rights abuse.

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