Inmates sue over law book access

Two Allen County jail inmates have filed a lawsuit against the county, asking for a law library. The sheriff and other counties say that's not required. 

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January 31, 2020 - 6:18 PM

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Two inmates at the Allen County jail filed suit against Sheriff Bryan Murphy, accusing him of violating their civil rights by not having an updated law library at the jail.

Kyle J. Sutton and John P. Kent each filed handwritten civil lawsuits Jan. 21 in Allen County District Court, representing themselves.

The suits allege Murphy violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by blocking access to a law library, and by referring their requests to public defenders who do not practice civil law. They asked the court to require Allen County Law Enforcement Detention Center to maintain an “up-to-date” 2020 or 2019 law library and pay their filing fees of $195 each.

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