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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal judge has rejected efforts by the state to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of eight inmates at North Carolina’s Central Prison who say they were severely beaten by guards while handcuffed and shackled.

US District Court Judge Terrence W. Boyle ordered Friday that the case move ahead, granting lawyers for North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services authority to access state records and conduct interviews with prison staff in preparation for trial.

The case involves Unit One, a special section of the Raleigh prison known as “The Hole” where inmates who violate prison rules are held in solitary confinement. The lawsuit alleges officers systematically carried out beatings in a secluded area not covered by surveillance cameras, resulting in inmate injuries that include broken bones, concussions and a shattered hip.

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