Federal judge scolds attorneys in prison lawsuit

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Associated Press

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 8:33 AM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge is scolding attorneys in a lawsuit alleging understaffing and mismanagement at a private Idaho prison, warning both sides that they need to play nice or risk losing their case.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge wrote in an order Wednesday that attorneys for private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America and attorneys representing a group of inmates at the CCA-run Idaho Correctional Center have refused to interact with each other reasonably and civilly.

Lodge says he considered lots of ways to make them get along, but decided against ordering the attorneys to play a game of "rock, paper, scissors." Instead, Lodge is sending them to mediation, where they must try to resolve all their pending disputes over what evidence they must share and other pretrial issues.

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