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Oregon Inmate Stabbing Victim Attacked Second TimeTim King Salem-News.com
Oregon prisons are dangerous, but not for the reasons you might think...
(SALEM, Ore.) - Last summer we told you about an inmate whose life was in peril in the Oregon State Prison system; an individual who had testified in a whistleblower case exposing rampant internal corruption. We revealed how Clayton Howard had already been stabbed in an incident that screams of 'set up' from prison administration, and that we were concerned the state would try to get him again.
They got him again last week.
It wasn't a stabbing this time, and the assailant wasn't an inmate; it was a guard. For everything he has survived to reach this point, Clayton Howard has a debilitated physical condition, mostly based on the attacks he has suffered as an Oregon inmate.
By all accounts, Howard's health was excellent before a series of physical attacks he has received from inmates in 'torpedo attacks', one violent life-threatening stabbing, and continual bouts of physically torturous incidents at the hands of prison guards, Payne heading the list.
According to reports, 'Payne' has an alleged history of unchecked physical abuse of inmates.
Clayton Howard has serious nerve damage from the last prison stabbing he suffered. This has been well documented by medical officials since 2008. He says his problem is continually getting worse because 'Officer Payne' has a habit of bending Howard's damaged hand backward in order to get him to walk, when he can not do so. Howard's neck and back problems are severe, according to medical reports clearly available to the prison staff. According to statements, they literally force Howard to walk, admittedly, by applying physical force that would obviously, directly affect the man's already poor condition.
The saddest aspect is Howard's immaculate handwriting; specifically his current inability to execute this artful form of communication.
It seems as though the Oregon Corrections Department is trying to end the life of this inmate. The facts have been published, the Attorney General's office has been contacted, and the reality of how the city's only newspaper totally ignores the racism and thus stands behind it, is well established.
State of Oregon officials likely have good reason for wanting to see Howard dead. Clayton Howard is a 'Jailhouse Lawyer' and this educated man has sued the state of Oregon nine times and won, while losing none.
So what does a business do when someone or something hurts its bottom line?
Clayton Howard said:
Background on Howard's Stabbing
In this case, according to numerous credible reports, Oregon's Department of Corrections staff approached a lifer named William 'Dollar Bill' Thomas in 2006, who had a history of having stabbed or 'shanked' four different inmates in the past, who were all black. inside the Oregon State Prison.
Thomas stabbed Clayton Howard, but Howard survived and how has a serious lawsuit against the state of Oregon. All the more reason officials in this state would like to see him simply go away.
That happened already in part; Clayton Howard was moved out of the Oregon State Prison in Salem after surviving the stabbing. He is currently in the Snake River Correctional Institute in Ontario, Oregon.
Clayton Howard's story is intertwined with the ongoing story of former Corrections Officer turned Whistleblower, William Coleman, whose story has been and continues to be featured in a series of Salem-News.com reports. Coleman will go down in history as the man who exposed racism and corruption in Oregon's prison management culture.
Sadly, this is an old story here.
By the late 1980's, Oregon's Corrections Dept. had a well established level of corruption. It was so pronounced that then Gov. Neil Goldschmidt hired the nation's top man for resolving prison corruption.
Michael Francke was the corrections director who cleaned up New Mexico's corruption infested prisons after riots that left dozens dead.
He had been in Oregon about a year, and was three days away from providing damning testimony about Oregon prison corruption to the state legislature, when he was stabbed to death and left lying in a pool of blood near the entry of the state corrections headquarters.
Anyone with a small degree of reason who investigates this story, knows the state was involved in his murder. They convicted a scapegoat and 21 years later that man, Frank Gable, still languishes behind bars, in Ely, Nevada.
Even John Walsh from America's Most Wanted dedicated an episode to it. What a burn for Oregon's shadowy justice system that had to have been, as it was a supposedly adjudicated case. An underage drug addict was used to give testimony against Gable.
One thing is for sure; the people involved in the Murder of Michael Francke; an honorable man who was working for the forces of good in this world, are like little mice fighting over scraps. It makes me sick that they have gotten away with it for so long, but we're working on it. There will be justice some day for Michael Francke and there will be vindication for Frank Gable.
The inmate who stabbed Clayton Howard, William 'Dollar Bill' Thomas, has since vanished from the Oregon prison population rosters. His whereabouts can't be accounted for.
Welcome to the circus kids, all you have to do is be friends with the right people and you can go a long way in the Oregon justice system.
Look for a follow up article in the coming days, and an up to date list of links from this series.
The link to the original story is below; you can also click on the image below to read the history of the case in our previous Salem-News.com article.
 A torpedo attack is prison slang used to describe an orchestrated physical attack, which generally comes "out of nowhere" and is designed to injure an inmate and simultaenously get them in further trouble.
Previous Installments in this series:
Great resources on the Michael Francke Murder:
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