Because two different laws operate, New York state prisoners, when they win lawsuits against guards who have injured them, keep the entire amount of the award, but when New York state mental patients win similar lawsuits, the hospitals can claim a large portion of the money back, as repayment for the daily cost of providing “care.”
The New York Times reported that the dual system is unique to the state.
A 26-year-old man was arrested in San Pablo, Calif., and accused of stealing a taxi after tricking the driver into momentarily exiting the cab.
The man then drove to a Department of Motor Vehicles office, where he attempted to register ownership of the car.
Kyndric Wilson, 19, was being booked into jail in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on a misdemeanor charge when a routine search revealed a bag of cocaine.
As deputies then began processing the more serious drug-possession charge, Wilson was heard saying, “(Expletive), I knew I shouldn’t have brought that in ... (expletive).”
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