Federal judge dismisses inmate’s hunger strike lawsuit

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a state inmate’s lawsuit that claimed his rights were violated by punitive steps to stop his hunger strike.

Danny Singleton, serving 35 years for an armed robbery attempt in Harrison County, filed the lawsuit Feb. 12, 2015, against the state Department of Corrections, its commissioner and all staff members.

The Sun Herald reports Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice Tuesday. The complaint can’t be brought up again.

Singleton had gone on a hunger strike to protest what he described as racially motivated harassment by gang members and staff at the state prison in Purvis.

His complaint said he was moved to the state prison in Leaksville when he began his hunger strike at midnight Dec. 12, 2014.