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You disclosed enough information to show that you do have a possible case. You should contact a local attorney in your area.
How long ago did this happen? (statute of limitation is important, the statute of limitation to file a claim against a public entity is 6 months in CA)
What are your damages? the total... (you need high damages to make a case worth while to pursuit because the legal fees i.g. court cost, deposition, filing fees etc., will be expensive.)
Save all of your answers to these questions for your potential attorney. Consult a civil rights attorney for free.
btw the California Department of Correction has a claim form: public entity claims form you must fill out to them within a 6 month period of your incident. You do not want to blow the 6 months statute of limitation. You can get their form online.
If you can not find an attorney, you should contact John Burris (an experienced bay area Civil Rights attorney).
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Your factual summary is shocking and, if all of this is true and provable, you have a case that merits the attentions of skilled and experienced legal counsel. But, please, for your own best interests, let go of the "airtight" business. There is no such thing, and those kinds of notions can interfere with your ability to obtain the skilled and effective legal services that you need and deserve. Experienced and gifted attorneys know that there are a million ways to lose a case, even the best case. ItEvery lawsuit is a 3-party wrestling match and the court and the opposing party will inevitably score in some rounds. Your attorney won't appreciate the added pressure of your view that the case is airtight, and the court and opposing party won't buy into that characterization for even a second. So just put your head down, get a great lawyer, move forward step by step, and at the end, if you are successful, acknowledge that it was a difficult and daunting obstacle course that might not have been successfully run but for the skill and art of your lawyer.
Good luck to you.
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You should not be telling your lawyer you have a slam dunk case but rather asking for legal advice. The best I know in the area of prisoners' rights are Mark Seplow and Jim DeSimone in Venice CA.