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.

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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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