Friday, March 30, 2007

Homeless men win $45,000
in suit over sleeping near feces

Three homeless men mistakenly arrested last year on charges of sleeping too close to a pile of feces have settled a lawsuit against the city of Las Vegas for $45,000.

Eastman Webber, David Hicks and Jerry Halfpap each received checks for $10,000 in the settlement of the federal civil rights lawsuit, according to their lawyer and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the men.

The men were arrested in November for violating a provision of a Las Vegas ordinance that was no longer on the books. The provision made sleeping within 500 feet of a deposit of feces or urine illegal. The city council passed the ordinance in August but then repealed the provision in September. City Attorney Brad Jerbic has said that the sleeping-near-feces provision got into the ordinance by mistake.

Hicks, 44, was the only one of the three who said he had devised a plan for what to do with his windfall. "I'm going to get my own transitional housing," he said.

Read the Las Vegas Sun article here. And see previous post here.


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