Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Two High Profile Legal Proceedings Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Two different courtrooms. Two very different defendants.

Wednesday will see rapper Too Short back in Boise, for a return engagement he'd rather not attend. Short, aka Todd Shaw, is charged with battery in connection with a backstage incident following his July 15 concert at the Knitting Factory. Short was jailed with an associate, Michael Walton, when police said he got into a fight with security. Witnesses told police that Short became upset when security wouldn't allow him to bring "underage girls" backstage. If convicted, misdemeanor battery is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Short faces three counts.

Over at the U.S. Courthouse, a hearing is set in the case alleging violence at the Idaho Correctional Center, south of Boise. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill could decide whether to make the lawsuit a class-action case. It now involves about two dozen inmates, but filings indicate that more than 50 additional inmates have asked to take part. The ACLU sued the Corrections Corporation of America, operators of the prison, saying the facility was so violent that inmates referred to it as a "gladiator school."

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