A man held in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth because he was denied dental care has been awarded $22million for violation of his constitutional rights.
Stephen Slevin, 58, from New Mexico, was given the payout after accusing Dona Ana County jail of essentially forgetting about him after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, not giving him the healthcare he needed and treating him inhumanely.
The settlement is one of the largest federal civil rights awards in history involving an inmate.Read more »
In an incredibly rare move this week, the foreperson of a Harris County Grand Jury asked a bailiff to remove prosecutors so jurors could hear from a witness on their own about potentially faulty DWI tests. "They obviously believe that the DA's Office played a role in this case and that they can't be independent," said KTRK Legal Analyst Joel Androphy.Read more »
Police officer was drunk and crashed his car. He then stood on the roof and started shooting at people. Multiple people had gunshot wounds. He has 2 prior incidents involving alcohol.Read more »
Police misconduct-The Sussex County Court of Common Pleas has found the Rehoboth Beach Police Department has engaged in “entrenched, flagrant misconduct” in its handling of testing for DUI cases. Despite the finding, the court did not dismiss the case that brought the police misconduct to light.Read more »
A high-speed chase in Cincinnati resulted in the deaths of two innocent people. The suspect, a repeat offender who was both high and drunk, is an awful human being. But would the two innocents have died if Cincinnati cops had ignored their adrenaline and not chased a guy through the central business district at 60-70 mph?
The article also includes stats for police chases in Cincinnati in 1996, the last year before regulations were put in place to stop most chases. In that year, there were 180 chases. The results? 155 accidents, 34 injuries, and 1 death.
Protect and serve.Read more »
Two drunk passengers in a car stopped by police were caught smoking pot — less than 20 ft. from Vermont State Troopers — while waiting for a sober driver to pick them up, Vermont State Police said.
Joke: To be fair, they were headed to Denny's -- where you have to be in said condition to really enjoy eating their food.Read more »
Florida is among several states now holding what are called "no refusal" checkpoints. It means if you refuse a breath test during a traffic stop, a judge is on site, and issues a warrant that allows police to perform a mandatory blood test.Read more »
Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers may be cited and their vehicles towed.Read more »
Court ruling that sleeping it off in your car is not a DUI infuriates government officials.Read more »
On Monday afternoon, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that she was taking a pass on criminally prosecuting a Chicago police officer who currently faces 34 federal lawsuits alleging that he cooked up phony DUI charges in a ploy to collect tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay for appearing at court dates.Read more »
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