For decades people have spread false or half-true stories about lawsuits. Here is the latest one I heard the other day on a talk radio show:
A prisoner filed a $3M lawsuit alleging that a prison guard forced him to rub his bologna sandwich on his (the prisoner’s) penis and then forced the prisoner to eat it. This is offered as yet another example of a litigation system run amok.
True? In part. Yes, a prisoner has filed a $3M civil rights lawsuit, seeking $1M in compensatory damages and the balance in punitive damages. It is true that it is alleged that two deputies made a prisoner rub a bologna sandwich against his penis.