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Federal trial opens in 2008 Md. inmate's beating

Thursday - 1/23/2014, 11:40am  ET

Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A federal trial has begun in Baltimore for a suspended Maryland correctional officer accused of violating the rights of an inmate who was beaten by guards at Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown in 2008.

Jury selection for Sgt. Josh Hummer's trial began Thursday. Hummer denies allegations he failed to stop the assault on Kenneth Davis, ignored the inmate's serious injuries and obstructed the investigation.

Twelve former officers have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other offenses. Two more await trial.

Davis suffered a broken nose and fractures in his back and ribs from a beating meant to punish him for scuffling with a guard.

Nine Roxbury officers were charged in state court but just two were convicted. They defied what one called "the brotherhood of silence" by turning state's evidence.

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