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• Maryland appeals court says dog owners can be held strictly liable for pit bull attacks. "Because of its aggressive and vicious nature and its capability to inflict serious and sometimes fatal injuries, pit bulls and cross-bred pit bulls are inherently dangerous." Tracey v. Solesky

• Woman who has been diagnosed as a sex addict sues a school district for failing to prevent her from having sex with male students on the school bus when she was in 11th grade.
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• Civil rights activist challenges Georgia's "stand your ground law." "By not defining what actions create a reasonable perception justifying the use of deadly force, the Act[] potentially deprives all Georgia[n]s of the right to life without due process of law." Hutchins v. Deal

• Former patient of a Rhode Island doctor sues him for featuring her in a book about drug addiction. "Plaintiff had expected, as any reasonable patient would, that her private conversations during her treatment sessions with the Defendant would remain private and confidential."
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• Class action alleges the YMCA deceives consumers by representing that it practices "Christian" values while allowing its gyms to be used for gay sex trysts. "YMCAs around the country ... are currently being used as brothels for cruising, with the YMCA's knowledge and implicit consent."
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• Social workers are not liable for a sexual assault on a 5-year-old boy by a 16-year-old male placed in an adoptive home. "To rule against the individual defendants in this case would definitely break new ground."
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• Student sues college for refusing to grant her the "reasonable accommodation" of a single room after she complained about her roommate's exhibitionist behavior.
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• School district can be sued over a guidance counselor's sexual relationship with a student who was over the age of consent. "The inherent imbalance of power between a guidance counselor in a public school and a student may render opportunistic sexual predation sufficiently shocking, even with a 'consenting' student over sixteen, to form the basis of a substantive due process claim."
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• Utah judge finds a "credible threat" that Utah County officials will prosecute a polygamist and his wives for bigamy. The officials' acts "suggest that an actual prosecution of Plaintiffs is forthcoming."
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• Louisville, Ky., strip club sues a competitor for displaying an electronic sign outside a convention center that said "Don't go to Godfathers, their girls are ugly and have crabs."
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• A lawyer cannot sue two women he dated for posting derogatory comments about him on liarscheatersrus.com. "[W]hen viewed within the larger context of the website on which they were posted, there can be no doubt that a reasonable reader would understand the comments to be opinion." Coulotte v. Ryncarz

• Oglala Sioux tribe sues beer makers and Whiteclay, Neb., bars for enabling alcohol abuse on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The illegal trade in alcohol has "caused devastating injuries to the Lakota people and massive financial damages to the [tribe]."
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Obese Jail Inmate Drops Suit over Weight Loss Print

 

Broderick Laswell

An obese Arkansas jail inmate has dropped his prisoner rights suit alleging jail officials serve meals so low in calories that he has been losing weight.

Broderick Laswell, who is awaiting trial in the Benton County jail for capital murder, filed a motion to dismiss June 24 which gives no explanation for why he no longer wants to pursue the much-publicized case. "Comes now, that the Plaintiff (Broderick L. Laswell) would like to drop all charges against the Defendant," it says.

But in a May 23 motion to amend his complaint, he indicated that he is hoping to be transferred to state prison to start serving his sentence in two unrelated Washington County cases.

The pleading also alleges that the jail disciplined Laswell on May 1 for discussing the size of meal portions with other inmates. "[The] guards have started to harass me alot now," he complained.

Laswell alleged in a pro se complaint filed April 23 that the Benton County jail's 3,000 calorie-a-day diet had caused him to shrivel all the way down from 413 pounds to a svelte 308 pounds, losing an average of a pound a day. “This is not healthy at all,” he protested.

The suit was always a long shot since Laswell would have had to show that his weight loss was an injury rather than, given his obesity, a positive boon to his health.

UPDATE

  • Asked why Laswell dropped the suit, Benton County Sheriff Keith Ferguson replied that the inmate had been caught giving his food away to other inmates. After this incident, "he possibly had a change of heart [about the suit] or perhaps hunger pains," he told On Point in a written statement.

  • By Matthew Heller
    7/7/08


     

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