Lawsuit: Inmate left untreated in New Mexico jail

July 8, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the latest in a series of high-profile New Mexico lawsuits over solitary confinement, a Tennessee man who suffers from bipolar disorder claims he was denied his medication and left untreated in a filthy cell.

The lawsuit filed recently in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says Michael Faziani, 57, was thrown in a Sierra County solitary confinement jail cell for days after getting arrested on misdemeanor charges for a minor accident in a McDonald’s parking pot.

Guards ignored his request for a shower and his cell got so squalid another inmate had to clean it, according to court papers filed last month.

“Due to the toxic effects of solitary confinement (Faziani) lost the ability to care of his own hygiene,” the lawsuit Login to read more

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