A murderer has received an £800 pay-out after he argued a prison guard had violated his rights by refusing to let him hug his wife.
Kevin King, who is serving a life sentence for a 1982 murder in Oakland County, Michigan, claimed prison officer Tiffaney Williams stopped him from embracing his wife as retaliation for their complaints against her.
He claimed the incident took place during a visit at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan.
Jurors in Detroit federal court last week awarded the 52-year-old $1 for a violation of his First Amendment rights and $1,250 as damages.
Judge Matthew Leitman ordered the case to go to trial last year, saying Williams undervalued human contact and that touching each other was the Kings’ “sole form of intimacy.”
Williams had previously said in court documents that her actions were not constitutional violations.
Assistant Attorney General John Thurber said the case “trivialises the First Amendment”.