Man Arrested For Traffic Offense Locked In Solitary Confinement for 2 Years | Lawsuit Cost Taxpayers $15.5 Million

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A New Mexico man, Stephen Sleven, was arrested for a DUI in 2005. There he stayed without seeing a judge until the charges were dropped in 2007. Because officers considered him to be “suicidal” they locked in an isolated, padded cell three days after his arrest, where he stayed until his release. Yeah, I bet that helped his suicidal tendencies.

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Slevin’s story of inhumane treatment in the Dona Ana County Jail, where he was incarcerated from 2005 to 2007 — which he said included his toenails growing so long that they curled around his foot, and fungus festering on his skin because he was deprived of showers — first received publicity last January, when he was awarded the $22 million.

At one point he PULLED HIS OWN TOOTH because he was not given access to see a dentist.

“His mental health has been severely compromised from the time he was in that facility. That continues to be the same. No amount of money will bring back what they took away from him,” Matt Coyte, Slevin’s Albuquerque-based attorney, said on Wednesday. “But it’s nice to be able to get him some money so he can improve where he is in life and move on.”

And the torturers are still at large.


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