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Judge Gleans Inspiration from Dr. Suess

Posted by wordforit on September 28, 2007

Another complaint about prison food… :-)

Judge Makes ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Ruling

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A federal judge was driven to rhyme after receiving a hard-boiled egg in the mail from a prison inmate protesting his diet. U.S. District Court Judge James Muirhead reached for Dr. Seuss'”Green Eggs and Ham” for inspiration after getting the egg from inmate Charles Jay Wolff.

“I do not like eggs in the file,” Muirhead wrote. “I do not like them in any style. I will not take them fried or boiled. I will not take them poached or broiled. I will not take them soft or scrambled/Despite an argument well-rambled.”

He then ordered the egg destroyed: “No fan I am/Of the egg at hand. Destroy that egg! Today! Today! Today I say! Without delay!”

Wolff sent the egg in a manila envelope as part of his complaint against state officials. Wolff, 61, says he is an Orthodox Jew and has accused prison officials of refusing to feed him a kosher diet. Wolff also says he cannot tolerate hard-boiled eggs and is suing the state Department of Corrections for $10 million.

Wolff asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction that would force prison officials to serve him meals that meet “both his spiritual and medical needs.”

Wolff is serving 10 to 20 years for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl. His lawsuit was filed in August 2006 and is scheduled for trial in June 2008.

“We’ve told him, if you don’t like the eggs, don’t eat them,” said Assistant Attorney General Andrew Livernois, who also received an egg in the mail. “That’s not good enough for him.” 

cbsnews.com  (new window)

**Do we (or not) give up rights while incarcerated or on probation/parole? People I have known weren’t allowed to vote, much less request or demand menu modifications.  Just wondering!

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2 Responses to “Judge Gleans Inspiration from Dr. Suess”

  1. marlajayne said

    This is amazing. Something similar to this was in the news about the state prison in SC earlier this summer. Many of the prisoners refused to abide by policies such as wearing ID, shaving, dressing (in something besides T-shirts), and so forth. It was pretty basic stuff. According to the rules of the “Big House,” being able to go to the dining room for your three free meals per day was contingent on following these guidelines. In other words, follow the rules and eat or don’t follow the rules and go hungry. Many men who did want to shave or attend to basic grooming and dress codes became quite irate because they felt that they were being treated unfairly. The last time I read about it, the debate was still raging. I found myself siding with the warden. Dress and eat…or not.

  2. Odale said

    Amazing, is right, that someone can rape a little girl and request pastries with their meals. (couldn’t find the article again that stated that he wanted pastries!)

    You think they’re in prison for having a bad attitude?!? I haven’t heard about that…no doubt a mediator (conflict miracle worker;-)will come in and fix it! Usually I sympathize with those in trouble but what I have read in the last two days (only!) has been too cruel. (The tape “found in the desert”; the 6 yr old hung from the garage rafters)
    I hate to talk about those things but I absolutely believe in demons and they are loose!

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