Man convicted in 2009 bombing sues over medical care while in jail

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A former doctor convicted in a 2009 bombing that severely injured the Arkansas medical board's chairman is suing the Pulaski County jail, its medical director and federal agents who arranged his pretrial detention, claiming he was given inadequate medical care while in jail.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) reported Thursday that Randeep Mann accuses U.S. marshals and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in one lawsuit, and the jail and its medical director in another. Mann is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is also seeking changes to how federal agents manage their prisoners and how the Pulaski County jail handles inmate patient care.

Mann claims that his pain medication was deliberately cut off while detained at the Dallas County Jail and the shackles placed on his when he was transferred to the Pulaski County jail kept him from physical therapy.

According to former doctor, his health problems were never adequately addressed by the jail's medical director.

Mann is serving a life sentence in an Indiana federal prison for the bombing outside Dr. Trent Pierce's West Memphis home. Mann, who was the subject of a board investigation into his prescription practices at the time, was convicted in 2010 of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and other charges.

Pierce's family was awarded $122.5 million in civil damages by a Crittenden County jury in March. Mann has appealed that decision.

James McCormack, clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, where the case was transferred to from Indiana, says he cannot comment on Mann's lawsuit.

Capt. Carl Minden, a spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, says the office is aware of the lawsuit but cannot comment on pending litigation.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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