Inmate Left in Solitary Confinement for 2 Years Gets 15.5 Million

Featured, News — March 8, 2013 at 10:47 am by

fox A southern New Mexico county announced Tuesday that it reached a $15.5  million settlement to end the legal battle over the case of a man who was held  in solitary confinement for two years without a trial and was so neglected that  he took out his own tooth.The settlement stems from mediation ordered by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of  Appeals. Dona Ana County was appealing a lower court decision that upheld a $22  million judgment that was awarded last year to former county inmate Stephen R.  Slevin.That verdict was one of the largest federal civil rights settlements in  history.


First reaction, “That’s fucked up.” After thinking about it a little more, I wondered if I would be willing to do nothing for 2 years and get a nice payday. This guy was thrown in the clink almost 10 years ago, nowadays he probably could have walked with at least 50 million if his lawyer was worth a damn. I open up a past due speeding ticket every week, and this is guy is so neglected he is doing his own dentistry…Amazing.

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