Court Critical Of Pink Underwear For Ariz. Inmates


Salon Staff
March 9, 2012 3:18AM (UTC)

PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court has criticized the pink underwear worn by inmates in Arizona's largest county, as federal judges consider the case of a mentally ill man who mistakenly viewed officers' efforts to forcibly clothe him as an attempt at rape.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Wednesday that questions the legal justification in one particular case for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's policy of dressing an inmate in pink undergarments.

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The court says that dressing inmate Eric Vogel in the underwear appears to be punishment without legal justification.

Early on in his nearly 20-year tenure as sheriff, Arpaio won points with voters for making inmates wear pink underwear, housing them in canvas tents during Phoenix's triple-digit summer heat, and banning cigarettes.


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