From: Boston CBS Local
August 4th 2012
BURLINGTON, VT (CBS) – A unique lawsuit filed against the state of Vermont is being allowed continue in the courts. A man is suing Vermont’s prison system, claiming they violated his 13th Amendment rights under the Constitution. The 13th Amendment bans slavery.
Finbar McGarry was a PhD student at the University of Vermont when he was arrested in December 2008 for a domestic disturbance.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mark Katic talks about the case with David Frank of Lawyer’s Weekly
Charges were eventually dropped, but for six weeks, he says he was forced to work 14-hour days in the prison laundry for $0.25 an hour.
McGarry says that is slavery. He is suing for 1$1 million.
Dismissed by a lower court, on Friday the 2nd US Circuit Court ruled the lawsuit can proceed.
Here is an article about the lawsuit on Reuters: