BETHLEHEM, Pa.- A Northampton County Prison inmate accused of attempted homicide is now involved in a new legal battle.
He's suing prison officials because of a broken knuckle, and asking for $50 million.
Joseph Jackson has been sitting in a Northampton County prison for two years.
The Bethlehem man has been there ever since he was arrested in November of 2018, when police say he was involved in a drug deal in Bethlehem that didn't go as planned. Authorities say Jackson robbed a couple selling the drugs, then fired shots at their car when they chased him.
He was hit with a list of charges,including attempted homicide.
But now there's a new legal battle for Jackson. This time, he's the one making accusations. Jackson's filed a lawsuit from jail, claiming he was attacked inside the prison in November, and he says he hurt his hand.
He says he got an initial x-ray that "came back negative. Supposedly."
About a month later, he says a second x-ray showed he'd broken his knuckle on his right pointer finger.
He claims this injury is affecting his life, and his day-to-day activities.
He writes, "My knuckle will not heal properly, nor will it ever look the same."
He is now suing prison officials for "pain and suffering" and he's asking for $50 million.
He claims this injury could "forever ruin a lot of things" and expresses concern that if he uses his hand the wrong way, "the knuckle could break more."
Court paperwork says he doesn't have an attorney yet, and it's not clear who will represent him.
Northampton County prison officials haven't commented on the suit.