By: AP
By: AP

Three prisoners serving life sentences in Colorado have taken the term jailhouse lawyer to new heights.

The inmates, being held in Walsenburg and Limon prisons, claim their lives have been threatened because they are being exposed to mosquitoes.

They said they are at risk of contacting West Nile virus or other diseases.

Last year, a Colorado Springs judge threw their case out, but they appealed.

Now the Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld the lower court decision.

Prison officials said no confirmed cases of West Nile virus have ever been found in the prison population, and inmates are provided mosquito repellent.


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  • by Chip Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 14, 2007 at 10:46 PM
    I think inmates have too much time and legal material at their disposal. Take away their lawbooks, tvs, radios, typewriters, and other creature comforts, hand them a 10lb mall and make them break big ones into little ones. That should keep them busy enough they won't have time to file frivilous lawsuits.
  • by Free Bird Location: Colorado on Apr 14, 2007 at 05:56 PM
    I wonder if these inmates thought about mosquitos when they were out doing their crimes, or did they make sure to put repellent on and then go do their crimes
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