Great moments in jail litigation

by Walter Olson on February 16, 2012

Washington: “Lawyers on Monday spent more than two hours arguing over whether a woman charged with aggravated murder should have access to coffee, tea, Cocoa Puffs and candy bars while she’s locked up in the Snohomish County Jail.” [Diana Hefley, "Murder suspect wants Cocoa Puffs in jail," Everett Herald]


1 Richard Nieporent 02.16.12 at 10:12 am

She is just trying to establish an insanity defense. :)

2 Jonathan Bailey 02.16.12 at 11:47 am

Coo coo for Cocoa Puffs, Richard?

3 Beagles 02.16.12 at 12:32 pm

Alternate summary: Lawyers run up two more billable hours unnecessarily”

4 Scott 02.17.12 at 10:00 am

At first I assumed she was asking for special treatment, but really she just wants to be able to shop at the commissary. So if you really are innocent until proven guilty, it seems hard to me to justify denying her the right that other prisoners, who have already been proven guilty, enjoy.

5 John David Galt 02.17.12 at 8:37 pm

I agree. There are good arguments to be made that jail should punish, but they ONLY apply to prisoners who have been convicted and are serving their sentences. Those awaiting trial should be allowed anything that doesn’t facilitate escape.

6 Jay Markowitz 02.18.12 at 8:26 am

Jonathan –

Richard expertly and subtly side-stepped directly impugning a protected a class of individuals. Better keep an eye out for a strongly worded letter from the CCIAA (Coo Coo Individual Advocacy Association), written in crayon on ‘Hello Kitty’ stationery.

WALTER – love the favicon by the way…

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