Former Lieber Correctional wardens file lawsuits against SCDOC leadership

Former Lieber Correctional wardens file lawsuits against SCDOC leadership
A former Kiawah Island official has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. (Source: AP)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The former warden and associate warden of Lieber Correctional have filed lawsuits in Dorchester County common pleas court against the executive and deputy directors of the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Warden Joseph McFadden claims he was demoted and Associate Warden James Blackwell says he was forced into retirement after they were blamed for the escape of convict Jimmy Causey. 

He escaped in July 2017 and was later captured in Texas.

Causey was sentenced to life in prison on kidnapping charges from 2003 in connection with invading the home of high-powered defense attorney Jack Swirling, who defended Causey in a previous case. Stirling said Causey used a "makeshift dummy" to fool prison officers into thinking he was still in his bed.

Both wardens say they were not on-duty at the time of the escape and the blame should fall on the general department including Executive Director Bryan Stirling.

The wardens are seeking punitive damages for defamation of character.

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