Sunday, January 25, 2009

Inmate Receives $300k for Losing Penis

From the archives:

A former inmate of a Washington state prison was awarded $300,000 compensation for losing his penis to the flesh-eating bacteria while incarcerated. After attorneys' fees, he was left with less than $115,000.

61-year old Charlie Manning was serving a 13-month sentence for a drunken fight when he began feeling ill. The medical professional on-staff at the prison wrongfully diagnosed him with an allergic reaction to medication. Manning lost his penis and one of his testicles.

The Washington State Department of Corrections said it only settled the suit because going to court would have been more expensive. Manning said he settled because he just wanted the whole thing behind him; he called the experience "unreal... like something from Mars."

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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