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Anybody want to go to jail? Student Left in DEA Cell for Four Days to Get $4 Million
newsmax ^ | 7/31/13

Posted on 07/31/2013 2:11:42 PM PDT by bestintxas

The Justice Department has agreed to pay $4.1 million to a California college student left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell last year, according to two people familiar with the case.

Daniel Chong was detained in an April 2012 drug raid in San Diego and left in a windowless holding cell for four days without food or water. He says he drank his own urine to stay alive.

The people familiar with the case spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the settlement before it is officially announced. His attorney filed a $20 million claim against the government last year.

A DEA spokesman, Rusty Payne, referred questions Monday to the Justice Department, which handled settlement negotiations. A call to the Justice Department's public affairs office was not returned. Chong, who was attending University of California, San Diego, was at a friend's house in April 2012 when a DEA raid netted 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons. Chong and eight others were taken into custody.

Agents told Chong he would not be charged and had him wait in the 5-by-10-foot cell at DEA offices in San Diego. The door did not reopen for four days, when agents found him severely dehydrated and covered in his own feces.

Chong said he began to hallucinate on the third day. He urinated on a metal bench to drink his urine. He stacked a blanket, his pants and shoes on the bench and tried to reach an overhead fire sprinkler, futilely swatting at it with his cuffed hands to set it off.

Chong said last year that he gave up and accepted death. He bit into his eyeglasses to break them. He said he

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To: Stentor
...gauleiters...

I learned a new word today. Thanks.

51 posted on 07/31/2013 3:32:35 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (People in America are still tried in the courts rather than by left-wing protesters or by the media.)
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To: bestintxas

“...a bit over-the-top...”

You seriously asked that?

If you were shoved in a cell, forced to drink your own urine, handcuffed, and covered in your own waste, I’d wager you’d be asking for 4 or more for sure.

I know I would. Hell, I’d OWN the f***ers and several next generations of their families as indentured Public servants.


52 posted on 07/31/2013 3:50:31 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: GeronL

don’t go take a drink of water, then sit in your chair for the next 96 hours and consume nothing while you go insane not knowing if you live. And your survival is essentially up to bureaucrats. Honestly he could have easily died and my life is worth at least 4 million.


53 posted on 07/31/2013 4:02:09 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: naturalman1975

Its killing me. What did you do to be stuck for 4 days without water?


54 posted on 07/31/2013 4:03:15 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: Stentor

Yeah brother...


55 posted on 07/31/2013 4:06:22 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: Venturer

Settlement money is not taxed...


56 posted on 07/31/2013 4:10:01 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: bestintxas

I’d give him more — and then disband the DEA.

With “the current budget issues” you cite this fascist anti-constitutional agency is a good place to start the savings... right after the ATF of course.


57 posted on 07/31/2013 4:13:14 PM PDT by In Another Time... (..In another place...)
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To: Little Ray

Didn’t know that.


58 posted on 07/31/2013 4:21:29 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: bestintxas
Yup, strange things happen to people in prison: Carl Limbacher of the Washington Weekly writes that the Boston Globe's Curtis Wilkie has learned that prison officials withheld crucial heart medication from key Whitewater witness James McDougal just hours before he died of a heart attack. Further, when McDougal suffered the coronary -- according to Wilkie's sources at the Federal Medical Center -- guards and staff did not attend to McDougal for nearly an hour.
59 posted on 07/31/2013 4:28:13 PM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: dinodino

“Okay, so how much do YOU think being left to die of thirst, handcuffed in a pile of your own soil, is worth?”

Really. He went into kidney failure and almost died. Wonder how that affects his kidneys for the future? Not even mentioning the mental agony of not knowing if he was ever going to be found. Only reason he survived is that he was smart enough to drink his own urine.

Ten million wouldn’t be too much in my book.


60 posted on 07/31/2013 4:29:13 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Venturer

Came as a surprise to me, too. As long as its not income, it isn’t taxed. A settlement for lost income might be taxed.
Still, he’s very sick man who will only see about $2.4 million; I have no idea how bad his medical expenses are going to be.


61 posted on 07/31/2013 4:31:53 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: When do we get liberated?

Took a wrong turn off the Stuart Highway (really, really long road that literally runs from one side of the Australian continent to the other, through a lot of desert) and hit a kangaroo, disabling the car. One of the big rules about desert driving is you carry enough drinking water - and I’d been careless and hadn’t.

I did have some water, and I drank the wiper water (which had detergent in it but was still reasonably potable) but still wound up running out.

Only smart thing I did was stay with the vehicle - a lot of people have died in these situations by trying to walk their way out. The weather was also relatively mild at the time.


62 posted on 07/31/2013 4:59:52 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: In Another Time...
Hell ya wanna save some money?

End funding to all the unconstitutional alphabet tyrants!

63 posted on 07/31/2013 5:00:33 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up; And I will set)
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To: bestintxas

I could do 4 days for 4 million - heck, I’d take 2 million.


64 posted on 07/31/2013 6:23:22 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: GeronL

“innocent people in prison for YEARS get less in recompense”

Those are people who get imprisoned in state prisons but they get three squares a day and all the water they want. It is quite different to go four days without food and water. One would expect more competence from the gov’t fools. I know that is not true but.....it can still be expected.


65 posted on 07/31/2013 6:57:23 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

“I learned a new word today. Thanks.”

Yeah, but which definition fits the poster who drew his ire? ;-)


66 posted on 07/31/2013 7:02:58 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: marron

u cant fire union workers can ya


67 posted on 07/31/2013 7:30:51 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: GeronL

The guy easily could of died.. I don’t like excessive civil rewards but in this case the guy deserves it.


68 posted on 07/31/2013 8:23:47 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: tpmintx

I saw this fellow (Daniel Chong) on a TV news story about this incident, and he seems amazingly non-vindictive, saying it was just a “mistake”, and pretty much turning the other cheek, even while confirming that it was a horrible experience. I suppose he does not want to financially destroy those who harmed him. That’s very Christian of him, but, still, Chong certainly does deserve compensation from those who harmed him. Instead, in our crazy, mixed up society, it is the taxpayers who will compensate him.

The other side of this is a recent George Will line: “When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate.” But George missed it slightly. That should be “When there is no penalty to the failers for failure, failures proliferate.” George F. Will


69 posted on 07/31/2013 10:59:24 PM PDT by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: catnipman
Only reason he survived is that he was smart enough to drink his own urine.

When I went through survival school, they mentioned that drinking your own urine if you were already dehydrated could actually cause you more problems, as your urine is the kindney's way of eliminating the toxins in your body, and that it's has salt in it. When you're dehydrated, and your urine is really dark, there's not enough water in there to help process these toxins that you're going to re-ingest. There are folks all over who drink theirs, purportedly for health reasons, but I'm guessing they're better hydrated than this guy was.

70 posted on 08/01/2013 6:10:34 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: IYAS9YAS
it's has should be it has
71 posted on 08/01/2013 6:13:16 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: In Another Time...

“I’d give him more — and then disband the DEA.”

The DEA and BATF are the two biggest collections of clowns in law enforcement.


72 posted on 08/01/2013 9:08:29 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: GeronL
$4 million is excessive by a lot.

How much would you take to spend 4 days locked in a 5X10 foot windowless room with no food or water or sanitary facilities? Maybe you can make them a better deal.

73 posted on 08/01/2013 10:54:38 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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