Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Former Bradley Inmate Who Said He Was Released Early To Avoid Paying Medical Costs

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled against a former inmate at the Bradley County Jail, who had filed suit saying he was released early so the county would not have to pay his medical expenses.

Stanley Walker filed the suit.

Judge J. Michael Sharp dismissed the action.

The appeals court said, "This appeal arises out of an inmate’s allegedly improper early release from jail. Stanley Walker, alleging that he was improperly released early from jail because the authorities did not want to pay for his medical care, sued Bradley County and Capt. Gabriel Thomas in the Circuit Court for Bradley County. The Trial Court dismissed certain of Walker’s claims for failure to state a claim and ultimately granted summary judgment for the Defendants on the remaining claim. Walker timely appealed. We hold, inter alia, that Walker has no private right of action for being released early from jail, and we affirm the judgment of the Trial Court in its entirety."


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