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Woman held naked in jail as men watched
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3.27.05 | Ernie Suggs

Posted on 03/27/2005 7:33:55 AM PST by mhking

After being jailed last summer in Union City, Shakita Perdue was stripped, strapped to a chair and left exposed to male prisoners and guards for hours, according to an investigation by jail officials of the incident.

Now, she is suing those she says are responsible for $10 million.

This week, Perdue, 28, filed the lawsuit in federal court against the city, the South Fulton County Municipal Regional Jail and Georgia Correctional Health, the firm that handled medical needs at the Union City-owned jail. She charges that her civil rights were abused by her jailers that night.

"I had never been treated like that before in my life," said Perdue, who was booked into the jail on a drug charge. "It was a traumatic experience. It has messed up my nerves."

In an internal report on the jail's investigation of the incident, jailer Tremata Anthony said she strapped Perdue in the chair because Perdue was drunk, abusive and threatened to kill herself the night of her arrest.

The jailer was fired 17 days after the incident occurred for failure "to conduct herself in a professional manner using sound judgment at all times," the internal report states. The report listed nine violations of jail policy in the treatment of Perdue. The report indicates that there is an "isolation room" at the jail in which Perdue could have been placed. It also says Anthony filed no incident report, nor did she justify stripping Perdue.

The internal report was provided to the Journal-Constitution by Perdue's attorney, Eldridge Suggs IV, who obtained it through Georgia's Open Records Act.

Anthony wrote in the report that Perdue's paper gown was taken away and her hair was cut because she tried to strangle herself with the gown and with her braids.

The jailer said that she put pepper spray on the chair straps because Perdue tried to chew through them.

In the same report, a nurse with Georgia Correctional Health, Cathy Adams, wrote that Perdue was restrained in an area where detainees are brought to be booked.

"Due to her violent behavior, she was held in the cage in the booking area until she was calm enough to be moved to the medical area," Adams wrote.

When a male officer asked if he could cover Perdue, Anthony wouldn't allow it, another officer wrote in the report.

Repeated calls to Anthony for comment were not returned.

Helen Turner, a Union City councilwoman, said she and other city officials first learned of the incident in an area newspaper.

"I think it is a disgrace that we didn't know anything about it," she said.

Turner called Perdue's treatment "inhumane," and said, "I was appalled to know it happened here."

Not commenting

The South Fulton County Municipal Regional Jail is owned by Union City, used by several nearby municipalities and governed by a five-member authority created by the Legislature.

J. Clark Boddie, the mayor of Palmetto and a member of the jail authority, said he would not comment about Perdue's lawsuit because the jail is named in the suit.

" I am not at liberty to talk about it at all," said Boddie, who is also a U.S. marshal. "I am familiar with the occurrence, I just can't talk about it."

Repeated calls this week to Union City Mayor Ralph Moore and City Administrator Ski Saxby were not returned. Nor were calls to Dennis Davenport, an attorney representing the city and the jail.

Georgia Correctional Health, a private company, no longer provides health care to the jail in Union City. A representative of its insurance carrier said he hasn't seen a copy of the suit.

According to the jail's own report, the incident began after midnight last July 31 when Fairburn police arrested Perdue on charges of disorderly conduct for fighting with her cousin.

When the officers ran a routine background check, they found Perdue was wanted in nearby Union City for not completing all of her required community service on a previous marijuana charge.

Fairburn police turned Perdue over to Union City authorities, and she was taken to the city's jail.

Perdue, who admits she'd been drinking that night, said she was angry and crying when she entered the jail because her cousin had not been arrested along with her. But she didn't try to kill herself, she said.

According to the investigation, conducted by jail Sgt. James Hall, Perdue was taken to the jail's shower room at 2:47 a.m.and returned less than five minutes later in a paper gown. The report said she was placed into the "cage" in the middle of the holding cell.

At 2:55 a.m., Perdue tried to choke herself, Hall wrote. A minute later, Anthony, the jailer, and Adams, the nurse, went into the cage, took off the paper gown and placed Perdue "in the restraint chair nude," Hall's report said.

Anthony's account said Perdue was threatening to kill herself. "Perdue started to bang her head against the wall," she wrote.

Efforts to help

At one point during the hours Perdue was strapped in the chair, Hall reported that two officers attempted to help her. One asked Anthony if he could go into the cage and cover Perdue because there were male officers coming in with male inmates. Anthony told him no.

Another officer, after Anthony repeatedly told him not to cover Perdue, hung a blanket over the side of the cage, "so that other inmates could not look at her nude body," according to the report.

The blanket provided incomplete cover, Hall noted.

At 6 a.m., more than five hours after her arrest, Perdue was still naked and strapped to the chair when another nurse, Arlene Campbell, arrived at work.

"I found the female [Perdue] in four-point restraints in a chair. [She] was completely nude with exposed female genitalia." Campbell's report went on to say men across from the booking center "were laughing and making remarks under their breath."

Perdue said male prisoners were allowed to sit and watch her. At least one male officer made lewd comments, she said.

Her attorney said Perdue's civil rights were trampled.

"I am going to relentlessly pursue justice on behalf of Ms. Perdue," Suggs said. "I want to make them an example."

Suggs acknowledges that Perdue has not been a model citizen. She had been arrested several times prior to the July incident, she doesn't have a steady job and she doesn't have custody of any of her five children, ages 4 to 11.

"We are in the process of helping her rehabilitate her life and we will use whatever proceeds that we are going to win to put her back in the middle of the road," Suggs said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; govwatch; guards; jailers; libertarians; wodlist
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1 posted on 03/27/2005 7:33:55 AM PST by mhking
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

2 posted on 03/27/2005 7:34:22 AM PST by mhking (If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!)
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To: mhking

10 million? I dont know about that....

but I hope she gets something.....just IMO.


3 posted on 03/27/2005 7:36:14 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Terri is going to die and then the mob is going to blame both Bush brothers. Realism is dead on FR)
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To: mhking

I had to keep scanning to make sure this happened in America. Beyond that, words fail.


4 posted on 03/27/2005 7:36:18 AM PST by johnmilken
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To: MikeinIraq
10 million? I dont know about that....

but I hope she gets something

Agree - 10 Million is ridiculous but she does deserve something - Though, it should come out of the police budget (and not just simply from the tax-payers) - The police in that department are the one's who should pay - They should be forced to do with less because of this -

Also all officers involved should be fired (I saw at least one was).

5 posted on 03/27/2005 7:40:01 AM PST by SevenMinusOne
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To: johnmilken

It wouldn't surprise you if you live in the Atlanta area. There is a culture here of never being critical of anyone who is African-American, even if they happen to be incompetent, corrupt, and downright stupid. The tolerance for this is absolutely astounding, and of course it is African-Americans who are hurt most by this.


6 posted on 03/27/2005 7:40:20 AM PST by binreadin
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To: MikeinIraq
10 million? I dont know about that.... but I hope she gets something

Whatever she gets, I hope we get plenty of hides to nail to the walls.
7 posted on 03/27/2005 7:40:22 AM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: mhking

These things cannot happen unless Bush authorizes them. We must find the memo.


8 posted on 03/27/2005 7:41:05 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: mhking
Perdue, 28,........she doesn't have custody of any of her five children, ages 4 to 11

Possibly in this case, for some of the prisoners, its not like they caught a glimpse of something they haven't seen before.

9 posted on 03/27/2005 7:41:25 AM PST by rmmcdaniell
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To: mhking

Well, the police treatment of her was just plain wrong. The amount sued for seems much too high, but that will no doubt come down in the end.

Firings are the answer here.


10 posted on 03/27/2005 7:41:55 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: mhking

In the middle of the road,
Is trying to find me.
I'm standing in the middle of life with my pains behind me.


But, I got a smile
For everyone I meet.
Long as you don't try dragging my bay,
Or dropping a bomb on the street.


Come on baby,
Get in the road.
Come on now,
In the middle of the road, yeah.


In the middle of the road,
You see the darnest things.
Like fat cats driving around in jeeps through the city,
Wearing big diamond rings and silk suits.
Past corrugated tin shacks holed up with kids and
Man I don't mean a Hampstead nursery.
But when you own a big chunk of the bloody third world,
The babies just come with the scenery.


Come on baby,
Get in the road.
Come on now,
In the middle of the road, yeah.


One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.


In the middle of the road,
Is my private cul de sac.
I can't get from the cab to the curb,
Without some little jerk on my back,
Don't harass me kid,
Can't you tell I'm going home, I'm tired as hell,
I'm not the cat I used to be,
I've got a kid, I'm thirty-three baby.
Get in the road.
Come on now,
In the middle of the road.


11 posted on 03/27/2005 7:44:43 AM PST by BraveMan
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To: mhking

She deserves a million--and it should (partly) be taken out of the pay of the guards who allowed it to happen.


12 posted on 03/27/2005 7:45:43 AM PST by Pharmboy ("Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God")
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To: MineralMan

I think the lawyer has dollar signs in the eyes and a big gravy train going CHOO CHOO! going through his head.


13 posted on 03/27/2005 7:46:05 AM PST by cyborg (Sudanese refugee,"Mr.Schiavo I disagree with your opinion about not feeling pain when you starve.")
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To: mhking

Oh my.

Find out who's responsible, deal with them, and make restitution of some sort. And then make sure it doesn't happen again.


14 posted on 03/27/2005 7:46:42 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: johnmilken
Stupid employees to say the least. You know the courts are going to go to bat for this woman. A criminal, drug addict, rotten parent, sludge of society, and rightly so in this case. It would have been a stroke of luck if she was disabled with a husband who didn't want her. Then the employees could have just offed her with no fear of reprisal.
15 posted on 03/27/2005 7:47:24 AM PST by ALWAYSWELDING
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To: mhking
"I am going to relentlessly pursue justice on behalf of Ms. Perdue," Suggs said. "I want to make them an example."

Right on! Making an example of them will end the "naked woman on display in jail" epidemic in this country.

Ten million dollars is absurd and this lawyer is a money whore.
16 posted on 03/27/2005 7:53:37 AM PST by Jaysun (If you eat mayonnaise on your hot dogs please don't talk to me.)
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To: Raycpa

LOL!


17 posted on 03/27/2005 7:53:58 AM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: mhking

20 30 viewings = 10 Million, so if they posted her picture on the Internet and got 20 30 million viewings = (well maybe we can just give her North America)

sheesh


18 posted on 03/27/2005 7:56:21 AM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: Gunrunner2

I wonder whether Shakita and Tramata are in cahoots so they can both benefit from the settlement.


19 posted on 03/27/2005 7:57:05 AM PST by NetValue (Be a democrat; oppose, lie, subvert, obstruct , sabotage and blame America first.)
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To: mhking

"Suggs acknowledges that Perdue has not been a model citizen. She had been arrested several times prior to the July incident, she doesn't have a steady job and she doesn't have custody of any of her five children, ages 4 to 11.

"We are in the process of helping her rehabilitate her life and we will use whatever proceeds that we are going to win to put her back in the middle of the road," Suggs said."

From previous experience this lawyer is going to get the lion's share of any lawsuit and this woman will spend the money going strait into the sewer. I sincerely hope I am wrong, but I have seen it time and time again. Rodney King comes to mind. The victim gets just enough money to keep high for a couple of years while the lawyer buys a new summer home in Palm Beach.

I hope that she will use this opportunity to learn that her life has been in the gutter, pick herself up by her bootstraps and take responsibility for the children she has brought into the world. By the way I wonder how these children are being cared for? Chances are she could owe the taxpayers part of her settlement. Wonder if we'll ever see it.

You're right MH. Just Damn


20 posted on 03/27/2005 8:00:12 AM PST by Allosaurs_r_us (Idaho Carnivores for Conservatism)
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To: mhking

No excuse.


21 posted on 03/27/2005 8:03:19 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: binreadin
There is a culture here of never being critical of anyone who is African-American, even if they happen to be incompetent, corrupt, and downright stupid.

Everyone involved here is black.

22 posted on 03/27/2005 8:04:21 AM PST by mhking (If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!)
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To: Pharmboy
“She deserves a million--and it should (partly) be taken out of the pay of the guards who allowed it to happen.”
23 posted on 03/27/2005 8:06:43 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: mhking

If true and she DOESN'T win, then none of us are safe from abuse of authority.


24 posted on 03/27/2005 8:07:13 AM PST by shellshocked (They're undocumented Border Patrol agents, not vigilantes.)
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To: mhking; binreadin

I don't think binreadin was attributing it to racism--just the incompetence that results from affirmative action-type hiring.


25 posted on 03/27/2005 8:07:35 AM PST by Nathaniel Fischer
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To: ARCADIA

I would want that in addition too the money myself...

I wonder if it is in the lawsuit?


26 posted on 03/27/2005 8:11:07 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Terri is going to die and then the mob is going to blame both Bush brothers. Realism is dead on FR)
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To: DevSix

yep....


27 posted on 03/27/2005 8:11:33 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Terri is going to die and then the mob is going to blame both Bush brothers. Realism is dead on FR)
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To: rmmcdaniell
Possibly in this case, for some of the prisoners, its not like they caught a glimpse of something they haven't seen before.

Doesn't matter. There is a difference between being voluntarily nude with one person and being forcibly stripped naked in front of others.

She should get some thing. And there should be a number of people fired.

28 posted on 03/27/2005 8:13:30 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear ( We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing!? Oh right, that would be me. Back to work.)
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To: mhking
Anthony wrote in the report that Perdue's paper gown was taken away and her hair was cut because she tried to strangle herself with the gown and with her braids.

Ok, how do you strange yourself with a paper gown. The things are so flimsy they tear if you look at them wrong.

29 posted on 03/27/2005 8:15:39 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear ( We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing!? Oh right, that would be me. Back to work.)
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To: mhking

a felon called into a radio talk show recently and said that jailed men are run around the administrative areas with no clothes, doesn't matter if female cops are watching.


30 posted on 03/27/2005 8:18:46 AM PST by ken21 ( if you didn't see it on tv, then it didn't happen. /s)
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To: mhking

I hope this was on Cops!

I hate to wait for the movie.


31 posted on 03/27/2005 8:20:45 AM PST by bert (Peace is only halftime !)
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To: MikeinIraq

I think 2 bucks times the number of men should be close to her going rate.


32 posted on 03/27/2005 8:22:21 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (When you compromise with evil, evil wins. AYN RAND)
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To: mhking

Yikes!

Interesting the "captors" were female and the ones trying to help were male. NOBODY deserves this treatment. Even slimeball druggies. $10M may be too much but the idea is to send a message, I assume.


33 posted on 03/27/2005 8:24:10 AM PST by SolidRedState (E Pluribus Funk --- (Latin taglines are sooooo cool! Don't ya think?))
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

so for you it would be 3 bucks times the number of men?

Really this is a story of someone getting abused by the authorities and I think you should pay heed to what happens here. IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN and maybe not to someone who has 5 kids already but to an 18 yr old or something....


34 posted on 03/27/2005 8:24:28 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Terri is going to die and then the mob is going to blame both Bush brothers. Realism is dead on FR)
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To: rmmcdaniell

It's like what one of my ex's said when she accidently exposed a breast on a public beach....."If they haven't seen it by now, they need to!"


35 posted on 03/27/2005 8:24:35 AM PST by Banjoguy (Don't be brain dead.)
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To: mhking

This is the same bunch that did not know how to take a large mad prisoner to court and allow him to kill four or five people.

With this and the other lies that police say, I will not believe anything a person of the law says again. One here in Florida said he was scared that a chicken or peacock (I forget which) would do him harm so he shot them. That is against the law but he never got anything for doing it. While the average citizen would be in jail for one year for killing a chicken or peacock or rabbit or rat or dog or cat or horse.

Someone should be in jail but that never happens. I hope they win 50 million. If I were on the jury I would award 100 million as a minimum.


36 posted on 03/27/2005 8:26:36 AM PST by YOUGOTIT
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To: MikeinIraq

I was being facetious and left off :).


37 posted on 03/27/2005 8:28:09 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (When you compromise with evil, evil wins. AYN RAND)
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To: mhking

10 mil is a lot. She's probably owed something though. Maybe they can set it up so that the money just goes straight to the person who sources her drugs for her. Probably save some paperwork that way.


38 posted on 03/27/2005 8:28:10 AM PST by kjam22 (What you win them by, is what you win them to)
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To: bert

Law of probability wins again. Just goes to show that if you break the law often enough that you're bound to make $millions$ by those trying to uphold it who make one mistake.


39 posted on 03/27/2005 8:29:08 AM PST by AMHN
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

wow...

I totally missed that one!!

I am SOOOO sorry and I really really mean it....

sorry these Terri threads have me playing for keeps right now...

Please accept my most humble apologizes....


40 posted on 03/27/2005 8:29:46 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Terri is going to die and then the mob is going to blame both Bush brothers. Realism is dead on FR)
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To: mhking

Perhaps if she had left the drugs alone, she wouldn't have been there in the first place. I really don't simply accept the story of a druggie at face value. There has to be more to this.


41 posted on 03/27/2005 8:31:10 AM PST by SALChamps03
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To: mhking

I'm guessing that despite her lifestyle, Perdue is still prettier than Anthony, who decided to degrade her out of envy and spite. The cutting off of Perdue's braids is a giveaway of her motive : Whenever a female murder victim is found with her hair chopped off, cops and profilers assume they're dealing with a female perp, because women target hair when they especially want to show contempt for their victims. As for Adams, she may also be envious, or she may simply have been too intimidated by Anthony to behave as a human being. I'm glad the other nurse did the right thing and reported this disgusting incident.


42 posted on 03/27/2005 8:32:18 AM PST by kaylar
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To: MikeinIraq

This mourning I need some humor.


43 posted on 03/27/2005 8:33:20 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (When you compromise with evil, evil wins. AYN RAND)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

yeah I could use some too....


44 posted on 03/27/2005 8:33:57 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Terri is going to die and then the mob is going to blame both Bush brothers. Realism is dead on FR)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Even paper can be twisted enough times and therefore made thick enough to be difficult to tear. Ever ripped a phone book in half? It's the same concept. My gut feeling is that she's mostly to blame for this incident because of her behavior.


45 posted on 03/27/2005 8:35:28 AM PST by SALChamps03
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To: YOUGOTIT
You have almost no details except the claims made by a drug addict's lawyer and you're ready to award 50 million? That my friend is insane. There is more to this. Her behavior was probably the mitigating factor. Just because she says she wasn't covered up doesn't mean she wasn't covered up. Drug addicts lie. I'm 100 percent certain that she told the story to sound like she wanted it to, and left out any details that would have explained what happened in the actual context in which it happened.
46 posted on 03/27/2005 8:40:14 AM PST by SALChamps03
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To: MikeinIraq; HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Mike I am so glad that I kept reading and didn't post what I was thinking. You did it for me.

HuntsvilleTxVeteran my apologies for what I would have posted.

Hell of an Easter ain't it?

FReegards,
Eaker

47 posted on 03/27/2005 8:44:58 AM PST by Eaker (stop and kick dirt on these n00bs actin like b00bs.......:o) - Squantos 18-Feb-05 -)
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To: Eaker

yeah....

it doesnt feel like Easter...it feels too early in the year...


48 posted on 03/27/2005 8:46:07 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Terri is going to die and then the mob is going to blame both Bush brothers. Realism is dead on FR)
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To: mhking

It's the male prisoners that may have been more dramatized.


49 posted on 03/27/2005 8:48:05 AM PST by Ibredd
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To: mhking
booked into the jail on a drug charge. "It was a traumatic experience. It has messed up my nerves."

Yea, that has to be it. Her nerves must have been messed up by being strapped naked to a chair. It could not have possibly have been the drugs.

50 posted on 03/27/2005 8:51:36 AM PST by BJungNan
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