Peter Solomon, an inmate jailed in Nassau County Correctional Center, near New York City, has been granted permission to sue prison officials for deliberately jailing him in a ward that was infested with rodents.
The incident allegedly occurred in February 2007, when Mr. Solomon, a Vietnam veteran who claims he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, was jailed on charges that he menaced his wife.
He claims a rat emerged from his mattress and bit him on both his penis and his hand and that as a result, he was forced to endure a course of painful rabies shots.
The lawyers representing Nassau Country sought dismissal of all charges as they claim no evidence of grave injury has ever been demonstrated. In fact, county officials disputed the existence of a rodent problem within the jail system and claim that whatever caused his wound did not require serious medical attention.
Solomon claims that he was mistreated because he is African-American, which is certainly possible but if true, cannot really be proved.
Judge Arthur Spatt ruled that Solomon would be permitted to proceed with his negligence claim for compensation.
In the judge’s own words:
“The parties dispute whether the rodent was a mouse or a rat, whether Solomon was bitten or scratched, and the nature and extent of his injuries.”
For some interested parties, only one phrase seems appropriate.
I smell a rat.
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