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Inmate's toilet-paper appeal rejected

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 14, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.

— A federal appeals court says the Faulkner County sheriff’s office did not violate the constitutional rights of an inmate by only issuing him one roll of toilet paper per week.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that former Sheriff Karl Byrd and others in his office did not violate the rights of inmate James Stickley, who was held in the county jail for six months in 2010 as he awaited trial.

Stickley sued the sheriff, arguing the jail’s policy to issue one roll of toilet paper every Wednesday — and forcing an inmate to do without if he ran out — amounted to a violation of his constitutional rights.

The appeals court disagreed, finding that Stickley went without toilet paper for only a “limited time.”

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 14, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.

Poor, poor criminal. Is the FREE A/C, heat, food, healthcare, dental care, clothing, cable TV, not having to work, sit on your butt environment not good enough for you?

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PikeCo86 says... January 14, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

Poor dumb jailbird was just S.O.L on that one! LOL! At least we know he was still eating good!! Maybe they feed him too much????

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NONSHEEPLE says... January 14, 2013 at 12:54 p.m.

don't do the crime if you can't do the time... You could have loose stools the entire time and not use a roll in one week.

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SUPERDUTY says... January 14, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.

Just imagine your commode is a bidet......LOL.

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MenLR2 says... January 14, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.

Note that this guy was not a criminal at that point ... "was held in the county jail for six months in 2010 as he awaited trial" ... Not an expert on TP usage...but do wonder if one roll a week is enough. I am sure others have studied on this subject.

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NutButter says... January 14, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.

There was pretty solid evidence for a serious crime or he would not have been held in jail for 6 months. This is a continuing saga of someone who made his choice to be a burden on society instead of a responsible citizen.

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NoodleOne says... January 14, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

Maybe he could have used the newspaper that this story was written in.
Why do we even bother writing these stories. I think he got just what he wanted.
His name in print.

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NoUserName says... January 14, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

"pretty solid evidence for a serious crime or he would not have been held in jail"
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Or he couldn't fork over the cash for bail. Would have been nice if the article would have included the charge. As to the TP, I tend to think that feces could be a health hazard. Seems to me if he needs an extra roll here or there, it's in the jail's best interest to provide it. Then again, maybe not.

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cliffcarson says... January 14, 2013 at 9:38 p.m.

Withhold toilet paper from a human being? Unforgivable. And while you are blaming this man for crimes , while I was searching , and you can do it too, I read the court document. The Court finding was that he was out of toilet paper infrequently and besides, says the court, he could wash himself off in the shower when he was out of toilet paper.
However it seems this is only the surface of the complaint. As to the "wash off in the shower" he was forced to wait 30 minutes before he was allowed to shower after the bowel movements, that is when the shower was working. Also he was deprived of a bed and Mattress , shower and commode for 4 days, I think it said.
Also seems the law reads that a man held for trial ( not found guilty at the time) cannot be punished by depriving the inmate of necessities. Also the document said that he ran out of toilet paper -ever week - and was refused a new roll when he asked for it.
I tried to find out if he was found guilty of the charge, nothing anywhere - couldn't find out what that charge was either.
I think these Faulkner County Law Officers need to be investigated. Something is wrong.

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