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Jail inmate sues Shawnee County

June 17, 2012

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TOPEKA — An inmate at the Shawnee County Jail alleges in a lawsuit that officials removed more than $1,600 from his inmate account that he didn’t owe.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that inmate Gary Lee Baker is acting on his own attorney. In his hand-written lawsuit, he asks the county to repay him. At issue is money removed from his account to cover medical services. The county says the services were provided while he was a jail inmate in 2005 and 2008.

Baker was booked into the jail in March and charged with felony theft and misdemeanor driving while a habitual violator.

Baker pleaded guilty to felony theft last month, when the other charge was dismissed. Sentencing is set for next month, but he is seeking to withdraw his plea.

Comments

Bob Forer 2 years, 4 months ago

He might have a claim. The 5th amendment due process clause prohibits the taking of life, liberty or property without due process of law. They simply can't clean out his inmate account without some type of procedure in place that affords the inmate due process.

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