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Judge sanctions attorney for delaying Allegheny jail lawsuit

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:00 p.m.

The attorney representing Allegheny County Jail's former medical provider deliberately ignored court deadlines and unnecessarily delayed a wrongful death lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy said that the attorneys for the parents of Derek Black can calculate how much extra work they've had to do because of the delays and directly bill Stanley Winikoff, the lawyer for the now defunct Allegheny Correctional Health Services.

Winikoff couldn't be reached for comment.

In February, Eddy sanctioned the county and one of its solicitors for stall tactics in the same case.

Black died on May 6, 2012. His parents' lawsuit contends he died from injuries he suffered during a fight with another inmate at the jail and that the medical staff ignored his requests for treatment for 12 days until he was rushed to UPMC Mercy on April 30.

Allegheny Correctional Health Services, a nonprofit set up by the Allegheny County Health Department, provided medical services for the jail until last summer, when the county awarded the contract to a private company, Corizon Correctional Healthcare.

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