Program manager joins suit vs. Unicor

Nov 03, 2008 | 10:34 AM | Paul Schaffer

A lawsuit claiming contamination lapses at electronics recycling workshops in federal prisons has recruited an unexpected ally.

The program's original factory manager, until now a defendant in the lawsuit, has switched sides.

According to an unpublicized Oct. 27 affidavit by Joe McNeal, he has agreed to enlist as a plaintiff among a group of former Bureau of Prison employees and inmates who say they have experienced health problems that might be linked to exposure to lead and cadmium.

The document, signed by McNeal, said he "is now assisting the plaintiffs with preparing their case and is also cooperating with the investigation of the recycling program that is being headed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General." His statement was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Panama City.....

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