Office of the Attorney General prevails in federal jury trial


The Office of the Attorney General successfully defended the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) this month against accusations brought by an inmate.

In a federal jury trial in Indianapolis, an inmate accused the IDOC and private medical defendants of denying him adequate medical care for his acid reflux and other diagnosed conditions. The inmate claimed an IDOC official caused him harm by demonstrating deliberate indifference to his constitutional rights.

After hearing testimony from the plaintiff, each defendant and two additional witnesses — and reviewing hundreds of exhibits entered at trial — the jury returned a verdict in favor of the state. (Dennis Mikel v. Megan Miller, et al.)

“My office takes very seriously the responsibility of defending the State of Indiana,” Attorney General Curtis Hill said. “Justice has prevailed in this case, and a burden has been lifted from the IDOC as its employees continue working hard each day in service to fellow Hoosiers.”