Inmates say officials intentionally misled court

Staff Writer

BOISE (AP) — Idaho inmates in a class action lawsuit over prison health care told a federal judge Wednesday that state officials should be punished for intentionally misleading a court-appointed examiner about health care conditions.
State attorneys, however, denied the inmates' claims and said the allegations were based on incomplete evidence taken out of context.
"This is going to come down to credibility," Elijah Watkins, the attorney for the inmates, told U.S. District Judge David Carter. "It's going to matter who has a reason to tell the truth and who has an incentive not to tell the truth."
The hearing is part of a decades-old lawsuit over health care, overcrowding and other problems at the Idaho State Correctional Institution.