Skip to comments.Inmate Can't Sue Over Smuggled Drugs Watch
Posted on 02/02/2013 11:38:46 AM PST by redreno
Prison guards have immunity from claims that they crossed the line in trying to catch a man with drugs smuggled in with his fiancee's weave, the 9th Circuit ruled. Federal courts have not clearly established that forcing an inmate to endure constant artificial light and a bed without a mattress violates the Eighth Amendment, according to the Thursday ruling. Officials at the state prison in Sacramento put Rex Chappell on the six-day contraband watch after they found unlabeled eye-drop bottles in his cell that contained methamphetamine. Guards suspected that Chappell's fiancee had smuggled the drugs into the jail in a "ponytail hairpiece" that was discovered in a trash can near the visiting room. They also found "spandex undergarments" in the women's bathroom that tested positive, as did the weave, for cocaine residue, the court explained. Chappell claimed in a federal complaint that the conditions of the contraband watch amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling relates what he endured in some detail.
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The simple solution is to avoid conspiring with anyone to smuggle drugs into the prison in the first place. He knew it was illegal, he knew there would be punishemnt if caught and he knew he’d likely not enjoy the punishment. Plus, they caught him red-handed with the contraband in the eye dropper bottles.
Sorry Jailbird Joey, you lose. Learn from it. Avoid repeating that behavior.
Stop breaking the law, a**hole!