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07-16-2005, 09:05 AM
MS - Prisoner sues state over care

July 16, 2005
Prisoner sues state over care

Plaintiff suffers from oozing lesions on skin, lawsuit claims

By Jimmie E. Gates (

A state prisoner suffering from life-threatening illnesses has been
denied medical treatment for more than a month, a lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Jackson, seeks
immediate medical treatment for Raymond Winne of Gulfport, an inmate
at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. The
Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees an inmate the
right to receive necessary medical attention, the suit says.

Named as defendants are the correctional facility Superintendent
Margaret Bingham and Correctional Medical Services, Inc., which
provides medical treatment for state inmates.
Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Suzanne Singletary
said the department's attorneys are reviewing it. Singletary said
MDOC attorneys are confident inmates are receiving proper medical

The lawsuit, which presents one side of a legal argument, said Winne
suffers from high iron in his blood; porphyria, a condition that
causes oozing lesions to form on his skin; Raynaud's Syndrome, a
disorder of the small blood vessels of the extremities; and chronic
lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis and Hepatitis C.

"I'm worried sick about him," Winne's wife Lynn Winne said Friday by
telephone from her Gulfport home.
"Last Saturday during visitation, every part of his body had sores on
it, including his eyelids," she said. "We are trying to cut through
the red tape to get him some help."

Lynn Winne said her husband is concerned about infecting other
inmates with Hepatitis C.
"Even a convicted criminal is entitled to basic medical care," said
one of his attorneys, Joseph R. Murray of Tupelo.

Winne is serving a felony offense of driving under the influence for
the second time. He was incarcerated for violating conditions of
house arrest. Winne, 46, was convicted in 1998 and sentenced to three
years' probation. Since then, he has been in and out of jail four
times on probation violations, the lawsuit says.

"Because defendants have deprived (the) plaintiff of the medical
treatment necessary to treat his established ailments, (he) is in
great pain," the lawsuit states.
"The ailments which plague (him), if left untreated, are debilitating
and life-threatening," the lawsuit states.

Murray said he is waiting on a hearing date on a request for a
temporary restraining order that would force medical treatment for
On April 27, probation officers arrested Winne and took him to the
Harrison County Jail. He was moved to the Rankin County facility
because of his medical condition, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit comes after an American Civil Liberties Union class-
action lawsuit was filed in June on behalf of roughly 1,000 inmates
in Unit 32 at the state Penitentiary in Parchman.

The lawsuit's allegations include that inmates in the super maximum
security unit are subjected to inadequate medical, mental health and
dental care.
In 2003, the ACLU filed a lawsuit and won improvements in Unit 32 for
death row inmates. (

07-20-2005, 12:45 AM
This is very sad .I hope he gets the help he needs in time.some others did not.