RRBK thanks the 12-member jury for their dedication in listening to the evidence presented and having the courage to stand up against the establishment. The Sites family can now begin their personal healing...
Tulsa, OK, (PRWEB) June 28, 2011
On June 23, a 12-member jury in the court of record - Comanche County Court, Lawton, OK delivered vindication and closure for the family of Ronald Sites when they pronounced Defendants negligent in their duty to maintain Sites in a safe and secure manner and in that failure recklessly disregarded Sites’ civil rights (Case Number CJ-2007-84). Sites, an inmate at the Lawton Correctional Facility (LCF) suffered from a traumatic brain injury and died when his cellmate, Robert Cooper, strangled him. Cooper’s conviction of first-degree manslaughter came with a life sentence. The civil jury awarded the Sites family $6 million in actual damages and $500,000 in punitive damages against the Oklahoma privatized penal system.
RRBK, a Tulsa personal injury law firm, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in January 2007. According to the court records the defense counsel presented a settlement offer of $75,000 prior to trial and doubled the offer during the trial. The Plaintiffs rejected the offers.
Charles Richardson of RRBK has a heartfelt message for the jury:
“RRBK thanks the 12-member jury for their dedication in listening to the evidence presented and having the courage to stand up against the establishment. The Sites family can now begin their personal healing and put behind them the pain caused by not knowing the events surrounding their father's untimely death. They feel that the verdict rendered by the jury will send a loud strong message that the rights and safety of inmates are paramount during incarceration. Most importantly, Mr. Sites’ children thank the jury for finding justice for their father.”