A Massachusetts Superior Court ruling has denied a motion by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to dismiss a case we have been handling with Attorney Jonathan Feigenbaum of Boston in which the sexual relations she had with a high-ranking prison official were allegedly coerced by the “inherently imbalanced” power dynamic between female inmates and male corrections officials caused her psychological and other harm. To summarize the decision, this case will proceed to trial with claims against the Commonwealth and its officials (including supervisory personnel) under 42 U.S.C. 1983 (civil rights violations based upon deliberate indifference to inmate health or safety), for negligent hiring, retention and training, for negligent failure to protect our client, and resultant emotional distress. (Doe v.Clarke, et al, Suffolk County Superior Court, April 23, 2013). Update: This case has now been settled.