Dismissal order obtained in suit against correctional officer

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 1, 2013

CHARLESTON - An order from Kanawha Circuit Court granting a motion to dismiss all claims was obtained by Bailey & Wyant attorneys John P. Fuller and Suleiman Oko-ogua in a suit against a former correctional officer by a former inmate.

Lisa Ballard claimed her civil rights had been violated while she was in the West Virginia Division of Corrections' custody when she was an inmate.

Ballard sued C.O. Ronald Crawford, the WVDOC and an unknown person or persons.

Fuller and Oko-ogua obtained the order on March 13, and upon review of the motion and hearing arguments of the parties, the court found that Ballard failed to serve the summons and a copy of the complaint to Crawford within the time frame prescribed by the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure.

Fuller and Oko-ogua represented Crawford. The WVDOC was represented by Lou Ann Cyrus of Shuman McCuskey & Slicer PLLC. Ballard was represented by Kerry Nessel.

The case was assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

Crawford was named in several lawsuits in 2012 involving female inmates claiming they were sexually harassed, abused or assaulted during their incarcerations.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-964

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