Page Pate Wins Federal Criminal Trial for Prison Guard Charged with Civil Rights Violations

After a two week trial, a federal jury in Macon, Georgia returned “not guilty” verdicts on all counts for our client in a criminal civil rights conspiracy case. Our client, Tyler Griffin, was charged with being part of a conspiracy to violate the civil rights of inmates by assaulting inmates who had previously assaulted prison guards. He was also charged with being in a conspiracy to cover up the alleged assaults, and with making false statements to the authorities. The charges were brought against our client after a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the FBI and GBI.

There were a number of cooperating witnesses who testified for the government, as well as an inmate and law enforcement officers. Our client had always denied any involvement in the events that led up to the allegations so we worked hard to prepare the case for trial. We interviewed potential government witnesses, found favorable defense witnesses and reviewed many thousands of pages of evidence prior to trial. Our preparation allowed us to effectively counter the government’s evidence at trial. We convinced the jury that the government’s allegations against our client had no merit.

There were a total of six prison guards that went to trial in the case and five others who pleaded guilty before trial. Our client was one of three guards who were found “not guilty” of all charges.

This is the second federal criminal trial we have won against the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Although the federal government has a very high percentage of convictions in criminal cases, our firm has won half a dozen federal criminal trials in the last few years. We have also assisted our clients in obtaining pre-trial dismissals and favorable resolutions short of trial..

We were fortunate to be able to help our client secure his freedom in this case. We hope that he and his family will have a bright future ahead of them now that he has been cleared of these charges.