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Florida Inmate Files Lawsuit Over Soy-Based Foods: United Press International reports Florida inmate Eric Harris is suing the Department of Corrections, claiming that the soy-based foods served to prison inmates should be considered cruel and unusual punishment. Harris says the processed and blended soy foods have caused him painful gastrointestinal cramping and threaten the state of his immune and thyroid systems. In November 2009 Florida prisons began serving a "meat" mix to prisoners of 50% soy and 50% poultry. The Weston A. Price Foundation in Washington, which advocates about the dangers of soy food, paid for the lawsuit Harris filed in Circuit Court in Tallahassee. A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections estimates that if soy products were eliminated, the cost of inmate meals would double for taxpayers. In previous cases U.S. courts have concluded that prison food does not necessarily need to look or taste good as long as it is nutritional and "adequate to maintain health."

Clemency Denied for Condemned Idaho Inmate: Rebecca Boone of The Associated Press reports The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole will not consider a clemency request from Paul Ezra Rhoades, who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on November 18. Rhoades was sentenced to death for murdering two women in 1987, and was also given a life sentence for killing a man the same year. Rhoades has exhausted all his appeals, and filed a lawsuit against the state of Idaho last month regarding the state's method of execution. If his execution is carried out, he will be only the second person executed in Idaho since 1957.

Georgia Considers Delayed Death Penalty Case: Andria Simmons of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Supreme Court of Georgia is considering whether a six-year delay in bringing a death penalty defendant to trial violated the defendant's right to a speedy trial. Defense attorney Christopher W. Adams argued Monday that the charges should have been dismissed against Khanh Din Phan because a breakdown in the public defender system has left the case chronically underfunded. Phan is charged with the execution-style murder of Hung Thai, 37, and his 2-year-old son. Phan also shot Thai's wife, but she survived and later identified him as the killer. Adams said he represented Phan for years without getting paid and still has not received the money he needs to hire experts. Adams also argued that when a trial judge removed him and his co-counsel from the case and replaced them with state Capital Defender's Office employees, it violated Phan's right to effective counsel. Prosecutors say Adams was paid in full last year and that the delays in the case are the fault of the defense attorneys who requested numerous continuances and filed the pretrial appeals.


Re: Inmate Lawsuit Over Soy-Based Foods

Funny, within the last few months, we had a perpetually tedious and litigious +repeat offender+ attempt such an one in the county penitentiary whereat I work.

It was hilarious to hear him diligently try to mobilize the disinterested in a class-action suit. I recall one of his prospective partners fumbling to pronounce "tess-tuff-tah-run" (testosterone).

The "claimant" proffered that soy was emasculating and catabolizing (my words); he also filed suits for his distasteful jail wardrobe and the insufficient medical department, among many other legal gripes.

This 'legal eagle' has been indigent for every one of his copious visits since the 1990s, and considering that he has stolen AND damaged law books more than once, AND also consumes paper and other free resources like a nematode, Al Gore could rightly cite him for Eco-abuse!

Reason for this "innocent's" incarcerations: falsely imprisoning a woman and crack possession, among many other. . . . .

P.S. I'm a vegetarian who partakes of soy daily and can deadlift about 400 lbs., so the emasculation charge against the legume is, well, impotent.

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