Inmate who was savagely beaten sues Pa. county

SCRANTON, Pa. -- An inmate who suffered a near-fatal beating at a northeastern Pennsylvania prison claims in a federal lawsuit that prison officials showed "deliberate indifference" and ignored warnings about his safety.

The suit was filed Wednesday on behalf of 29-year-old Nicholas Pinto. It seeks more than $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from Lackawanna County.

The lawsuit says prison guards allowed a dangerous inmate to have access to Pinto. Attorney Patrick Rogan says Pinto suffered permanent neurological damage in last summer's attack at the county prison.  More...   PrisonerPal.com