Federal Court Rejects Appeal of Former Craighead County Jailer

FEBRUARY 23, 2007 - Posted at 2:27 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal appeals court denied an appeal today by a former Craighead County jail supervisor convicted of beating two handcuffed prisoners.  The court dismissed his claim the injuries suffered in one attack weren't serious enough to show he acted sadistically.

Last year, a federal jury found Jody Ray Miller guilty of depriving the two prisoners of their constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.  Miller appealed his six-and-a-half year sentence in December, arguing that the injuries suffered by prisoner Climmie Jones did not amount to signs he acted maliciously.

A three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned away Miller's claim that Jones would have been hurt worse if the jailer had wanted to injure him.

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