Rhode Island inmate sues state, seeks $50 million

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of Rhode Island’s most litigious inmates seeks $50 million in his latest lawsuit against the state.

The Providence Journal reports Calvin Walker’s federal court complaint says correctional officers employed a “secret strategy” to limit use of the law library for minority inmates, effectively blocking their access to the court system. The suit also advocates for overnight prison visitations to “help preserve the family unit.”

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Palombo says the suit is “procedurally flawed,” makes allegations settled years ago and cites old constitutional infractions beyond any statute of limitations.

Walker is serving 60 years for terrorizing eight people in a Newport mansion in 1986 before raping one and escaping with $1 million in jewels.

The 58-year-old has lost at least five previous lawsuits against the state.

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