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Feds say guard conspired in Md. inmate's beating

Thursday - 1/23/2014, 7:07pm  ET

Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A federal prosecutor says a suspended Maryland correctional officer violated an inmate's constitutional rights by standing by as other guards brutally beat him.

But his defense lawyer says Sgt. Josh Hummer saw no misconduct when he looked inside Kenneth Davis' cell at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.

Both sides delivered opening statements Thursday in Baltimore in the first trial stemming from federal indictments against 15 officers in the 2008 prison brutality case.

Twelve have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other offenses. Two more await trial.

Davis suffered a broken nose and fractures in his back and ribs from a beating meant to punish him for punching a guard.

Hummer denies allegations he failed to stop the assault, ignored the inmate's serious injuries and obstructed the investigation.

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