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BOISE -- A federal judge has refused to unseal a settlement agreement between an Idaho inmate and private prison company Corrections Corp. of America.

The Associated Press asked the court earlier this year to unseal the settlement between Marlin Riggs and CCA. The settlement ended a widely publicized lawsuit that alleged rampant violence at the CCA-run prison near Boise.

Riggs originally asked for $55 million in damages, saying the prison was nicknamed Gladiator School and that guards knew Riggs was about to be attacked but failed to protect him.

The AP contended the lawsuit raised profound and far-reaching issues of public interest. But Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge said Riggs' and CCA's interest in keeping the settlement confidential outweighed the interest the public has in learning the terms of the agreement.

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