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New Mexico county wants trial on old jail lawsuit

January 9, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a civil rights lawsuit over conditions in the Bernalillo County jail turns 19 years old, county attorneys are trying a new approach to resolve the case: a trial on the merits.

County lawyers are asking a federal judge to hold a trial on whether crowding and other jail conditions violate inmates’ constitutional rights, the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1eISsYe) reported.

The county says years of litigation and agreements along the way have failed to resolve the case.

“The two sides are still far Login to read more

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