Scott Medlock, a prisoners' rights attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project, said his organization has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging widespread inmate abuse and is also representing Joseph Galloway, a former inmate who seeks damages for physical and sexual abuse suffered at the TYC.
"There are so many cases that may have merit that we have to turn away because we don't have the resources," he said. "We'd love it if there were more attorneys interested in representing these children."
But more lawsuits will probably mean more damages for the TYC, whose cases are argued, negotiated or settled by the Texas attorney general's office.
Listen closely, my friends, this is the sound of the "other shoe dropping." Another "thud" to listen for will be when the first cases from wrongfully fired employees start to make it to the litigation or settlement stage.
Ombudsman Will Harrell predicted a "feeding frenzy" of additional litigation now that TYC has begun to settle cases. I don't think the Legislature was planning for this inevitability when they cut the agency's budget this spring, but TYC cannot just walk away from the legal baggage created by its past mismanagement