Former Inmate Wants Court Appointed Attorney for Toothpaste Battle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former Michigan prison inmate is seeking a court-appointed lawyer to help him with his lawsuit against the state over a lack of toothpaste.

Jerry Flanory has told a judge in the Upper Peninsula that he can't afford a lawyer and the issues are complex.

In May, a federal appeals court reinstated Flanory's lawsuit against prison officials in Newberry. He says he developed gum disease and had a tooth removed in 2006 after he was denied toothpaste for nearly a year as a form of discipline.

The Flint man was released from prison in December after serving five years for assault. The Michigan attorney general's office has not formally responded to the lawsuit, which is in federal court in Marquette.


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  • by david Location: charlotte on Aug 30, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    i have only one thing to say to this guy suck it up nancy
  • by Cliff Location: Charlotte on Aug 30, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    When you go to prison you are given a Toothbrush and Tooth paste. Then after that it is up to the prison to buy there own. I am so tired of hearing the poor prisoner. You dont just get gum disease over a short peroid of time he probaly had it before he got there but wants to push all his health problems off on the state.When you it to prison you get all the health care and eye care and dental work done for FREE. Homeless people dont even get this care. People that dont work in the prison system dont see the stupid stuff the prisoners do and BS they get ran to major hospitals for. If the person that wrote five years is to much it was not just assault. It was Asslt w/Int Gr Bod Hrm Less Murder.This a second time he has done this. So before you become a Bleeding heart over a Confict know your facts. Some prisoners want to act tough in front of there family and when they get back to there cell,dome they want to become whinney Babies that act like 6 year olds.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    So he loses one TOOTH and he's gonna sue? From the sounds of it, it sounded like he lost all his teeth.
  • by achy on Aug 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    Michigan the PRISON capitol of the world. Five years for an assault is a bit much I would say.! All prisons need to be monitored more and checked into More by The State!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2010 at 08:08 AM
    This is a civil suit and not a legal suit. He should aquire his own attorney.
  • by Anonymous Location: Michigan on Aug 30, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    Good luck proving this one. Toothpaste is not necessary to effectively brush your teeth. This man's failure to remove plaque from his teeth is what caused the gum disease which lead to tooth loss. What a waste of taxpayer dollars.
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