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Retired US justice rules for MI inmate

I love the reason they denied him appointed counsel: "Finally, we deny Mingus’s motion for appointment of counsel pursuant to 6th Cir. R. 34(j)(2)(C). Although the issues raised by this appeal are complex, we find that Mingus has more than adequately represented himself." Love a good jailhouse lawyer...
1-10-2010 Michigan:

Sandra Day O'Connor on 3-judge panel

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A lawsuit over a cell for a Michigan prison inmate remains alive, thanks to a retired U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Sandra Day O'Connor was on the three-judge panel that handled an appeal in a lawsuit by inmate Ned Mingus. He says his constitutional rights were violated when he wasn't given a one-man cell to accommodate his bad eyesight.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a portion of Mingus' lawsuit can proceed against a nurse who was a health manager at the G. Robert Cotton prison in Jackson.

Mingus acted as his own lawyer. O'Connor and two other judges say he "more than adequately represented himself" and denied a request for court-appointed counsel.

The 72-year-old Mingus is serving a life sentence for criminal sexual conduct in Berrien County. ..Source.. WOOD Tv

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