In the Hole

The state gives it up for an inmate rape.

The confidentiality requirement was excised from the settlement.

Confidentiality agreements are standard operating procedure, says Ken Lane. "Of course, the parties have to agree to it," he adds. "If not, no harm, no foul."

"Only if the public knows will they hold [elected officials] accountable," David Lane says. "I want taxpayers to realize that their money is going to convicts and their lawyers."

Marvin Gray spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.
Brett Amole
Marvin Gray spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.
Crime and Punishment
Westword reporting on the criminal justice system and the corrections industry.

For Maynard, it is a Pyrrhic victory. He has been in an untold number of fights with people he identifies as Gray's friends. His jaw has been broken, other bones cracked. He ended up in maximum security for a time for fighting. And it's not as though he can use the settlement as a retirement fund: He's doing a life term as a habitual burglar.

David Lane says Maynard plans to give some of the settlement money to his mother. Some of the money will go to Lane's firm. And Maynard plans to use some of it to hire Lane to appeal his conviction on the habitual-criminal charge.

As part of the settlement, the DOC has agreed to move Maynard to a prison where he has friends. Maynard says he wants to make sure he's got buddies who can watch his back.

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