Inmate Settles Lawsuit Over Claims That Correctional Officer Facilitated Gang-Related Attack
Tashma McFadden, the Maryland prisoner who sued a correctional officer he accused of being a Bloods gang-member and arranging for a group of Bloods to attack him in his cell, has agreed to settle his claim for $5,000 in payments from the correctional officer, Antonia Allison. U.S. District Court Judge William Quarles on July 26 issued an order approving the settlement (see PDF below).
Quarles ruled last fall that McFadden’s claim merited a trial, despite Maryland Assistant Attorney General Beverly Hughes’ argument that the case should be dismissed. Earlier this year, documents filed in the case by McFadden’s court-appointed lawyer, Aaron Casagrande, indicated that gang-member inmates intended to kill McFadden in retaliation for suing Allison, who still works as a correctional officer.
Attempts to reach Casagrande for comment were not successful. Hughes referred questions to Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Rick Binetti, who declined to comment about the settlement. Generally, though, he said the department investigates gang ties among correctional officers and, when evidence is sufficient, moves for their termination.
The Daily Record has also been covering the case, and recently published a story about the settlement.