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    Inmates Sue Over Chicken

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    Two former inmates were in federal court in Burlington Thursday, saying they were emotionally damaged after eating some chicken they bought at a prison store in Kentucky in 2005.

    Christopher Butts and Cory Cochran were in court. Hank Butson, who is also part of the lawsuit but is still incarcerated in the Kentucky prison, participated via telephone.

    They say the frozen Banquet Crispy Chicken they bit into was not edible. Butts brought the alleged piece of chicken to court in a paper bag, but the judge would not let it be used as evidence in court.

    "I bit into a soft pocket of I don't know what," Butts told reporters after the hearing. "It wasn't meat. It was a soft pocket of pus and grain and corn or something."

    The plaintiffs are not suing for a particular amount of money.

    A lawyer for defendant ConAgra Foods asked the judge to throw out the suit, saying the plaintiffs never sought treatment for illnesses.

    Judge William Sessions has taken the issue under advisement and has not yet issued a decision.

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    This is comical. I've never been "emotionally damaged" from food. Except my ex's cooking.

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    Yet on the other hand...

    Judge releases Alabama sheriff after finding he profited by feeding skimpy meals to inmates

    By JAY REEVES

    Associated Press Writer

    6:00 PM EST, January 8, 2009


    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff who made $212,000 in the last three years by feeding inmates what a judge said were skimpy portions was released from prison Thursday after submitting a plan pledging to feed them better.

    Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett profited legally from a Depression-era state law that allows sheriffs to keep any money they can make by feeding inmates for less than what they receive in state funding. Bartlett said he reported the profit as income on his tax returns.

    U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon heard testimony Wednesday from Bartlett and several skinny inmates who described being forced to eat meager meals of paper-thin bologna, bloody chicken and cold grits, then paying out-of-pocket to supplement their diets with high-priced snacks from the jail's store.

    "He makes money by failing to spend the allocated funds for food for the inmates," Clemon ruled after the daylong hearing in a lawsuit filed by prisoners over jail conditions.

    Although the practice is legal under state law, the judge ordered Bartlett to remain in custody until he submitted a plan to feed prisoners meals that are "nutritionally adequate," as required by a previous agreement in the lawsuit.

    The judge ordered Bartlett's release after his lawyer submitted a plan. Its details weren't immediately made public.

    Donald Rhea, an attorney for Bartlett, said Clemon would release an order later "that will serve as a guide to dispose of the issues before the court." But he declined comment on what changes will be made in prisoners' diets or whether Bartlett would give up his profits and plow the money back into food.

    Attorneys for the Morgan County prisoners filed a motion that effectively would stop Bartlett from making a profit by requiring the sheriff to spend any money earmarked for food to be spent on prisoners' meals. They also want USDA guidelines used in planning menus and sought the firing of the jail's current nutritionist. The judge did not immediately rule.

    U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said Bartlett was freed after spending the night at a federal prison in Talladega. It wasn't immediately known what he ate while he was there.

    Sheriffs in 55 of Alabama's 67 counties operate under a system allowing them to make money operating their jail kitchens. The state pays sheriffs $1.75 a day for each prisoner they house and lets the elected officers keep any profits they can generate.

    Bartlett said he also received money from the county and the U.S. government for housing federal prisoners, and he shops for bargains and uses items like fish sticks donated by schools to turn a profit.

    According to testimony, Alabama's ethics commission cleared Bartlett of a complaint in December, turning aside allegations that he improperly used his office for personal gain by profiting from inmate meals. The ethics commission cited the state law allowing the practice and a previous legal opinion from Alabama's attorney general.

    The federal judge's order against Bartlett applies only to Morgan County, but the longtime head of the Alabama Sheriff's Association said its impact would be felt around the state because counties lack money to feed prisoners and state budgets are stretched thin.

    "It's going to be real far-reaching. It's going to affect a lot of counties other than this one," said association executive director Bobby Timmons.

    Bartlett testified he made a $212,000 profit over the last three years to supplement his annual salary of about $64,000. Bartlett said last year's profit was $95,000: almost half of the total jail feeding budget of about $203,000 for about 300 prisoners. Bartlett said profits from the jail store are used to pay for equipment and training and don't go into his pocket.

    Critics have charged that the system creates a profit incentive for sheriffs to mistreat prisoners, and Clemon said Bartlett purposely served skimpy meals to make money.

    The issue of feeding prisoners has occasionally been raised by a few state lawmakers in the past, but no serious attempt has been made to change the law making sheriffs personally responsible for feeding prisoners.

    Many sheriffs defend the current system as encouraging frugality and minimizing waste. Under the law, they get to keep any profit but also are personally liable for any losses and must defend against lawsuits filed by prisoners over jail food.

    Meanwhile, counties often are hesitant to change because many are chronically short of money and don't want the legal liability — and potential cost — of feeding prisoners.

    Bartlett isn't the first Alabama sheriff to get into trouble over jail food profits.

    In 2005, former Mobile County Sheriff Jack Tillman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge and an ethics violation and resigned after being indicted on charges of putting more than $12,000 in jail food profits into a personal retirement account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    OH FUCK....

    Two former inmates were in federal court in Burlington Thursday, saying they were emotionally damaged after eating some chicken they bought at a prison store in Kentucky in 2005.

    Christopher Butts and Cory Cochran were in court. Hank Butson, who is also part of the lawsuit but is still incarcerated in the Kentucky prison, participated via telephone.

    They say the frozen Banquet Crispy Chicken they bit into was not edible. Butts brought the alleged piece of chicken to court in a paper bag, but the judge would not let it be used as evidence in court.

    "I bit into a soft pocket of I don't know what," Butts told reporters after the hearing. "It wasn't meat. It was a soft pocket of pus and grain and corn or something."

    The plaintiffs are not suing for a particular amount of money.

    A lawyer for defendant ConAgra Foods asked the judge to throw out the suit, saying the plaintiffs never sought treatment for illnesses.

    Judge William Sessions has taken the issue under advisement and has not yet issued a decision.

    Kate Duffy - WCAX News
    http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp...&nav=menu183_2
    Huh, huh, huh - she said "Butts" - huh, huh
    Hmm, yeah, and "COCHran" - hmm "COCH-ran
    Huh, huh - and "BUTson" - whoah, Beavis, this is like the coolest news story EVER
    Hmm, yeah, it's cool.

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    The lawsuit, which seeks $100,000 in damages, was filed by Christopher Butts, Henry Butson and Corydon Cochran, who say they ate part of the chicken while serving prison terms at Lee Adjustment Facility, in Beattyville, Ky., where some Vermont inmates are sent because of crowding in Vermont jails.

    Butts and Cochran were in court for the trial Thursday — bringing the specimen with them, in a brown paper bag.

    Butson, who's serving 25 years to life for the fatal 2003 shootings of his ex-girlfriend and a man she was seeing, participated by speakerphone from prison.

    Each acted as their own attorney for the proceeding, questioning the others in court.

    Butts, of Dayville, Conn., told U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions that he bit into a piece of microwaved Banquet chicken that contained pus, grain and corn after buying it at a prison store in November 2005.

    "It looks like you just bit into a chicken's ass," a fellow inmate told him, Butts said. "That was the end of the deal."

    Butts spit it out and got sick, had diarrhea for a week, lost weight, was harassed by other inmates and can no longer eat chicken, he said.

    "I was sick. I don't know if it was psychosomatic. I had diarrhea, I just couldn't put anything in my mouth," said Butts, who served four years for a fatal drunken driving crash and is now on probation.

    ConAgra attorney Gary Stewart, of Harrisburg, Pa., suggested that Butts may have had the flu since he'd visited the prison nurse two days before for other symptoms.

    Stewart asked the judge to throw out the suit, saying Butts never proved the chicken was defective because he didn't have it tested.

    Butson and Cochran, who acknowledged they didn't get sick from the chicken, are seeking emotional damages.

    "Frankly, the only injury you sustained was a phobia of seeing chicken?" Stewart asked Butson, of St. Johnsbury.

    Stewart said they didn't suffer physical injury so they can't seek emotional damages under Vermont law.

    Sessions refused to admit the chicken into evidence, saying it had been handled by others in the three-year interim. He also questioned whether they had proved that the chicken was truly defective.

    Cochran, of Cabot, said he didn't care about the money; he just wanted ConAgra to take responsibility for any wrongdoing.

    ConAgra spokeswoman Cindi Hartman testified that the Omaha, Neb.-based company had received no complaints in 2005 like the one at issue.

    Sessions didn't rule Thursday. He will later, he said.

    "It's essentially a legal issue whether there's sufficient evidence to show ... that the object found in the chicken was defective."
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    Should have ordered the Tofurkey

    There is no "pus" in Tofurkey

    respect the Tofurky

 

 

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