Prisoner awarded $1,251; guard said he couldn’t embrace wife

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) – A jury has awarded $1,251 to a Michigan prisoner who said his rights were violated when a guard prevented him from embracing his wife during a visit.

Jurors in Detroit federal court last week awarded $1 for a violation of Kevin King’s First Amendment rights and $1,250 as punitive damages.

King says prison officer Tiffaney Williams retaliated against him for past complaints when she barred him from embracing his wife. They had to sit a few feet apart during a 2012 visit at a prison in Jackson.

Judge Matthew Leitman had refused to dismiss the case, saying the Kings had been deprived of their “sole form of intimacy.” The Corrections Department said it wasn’t a constitutional violation.

The 52-year-old King is serving a life sentence for murder in Oakland County.

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