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Sun September 30, 2012
Michigan prison inmate owes $353 after losing teeth trial
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan inmate who blamed prison officials for his bad teeth has another cavity to fill: a $353 bill for his failed lawsuit.
A judge has ordered Jerry Flanory to pay for transcript costs, copy fees and a nominal $20 for the state's cost of the one-day trial. The money will go to the state of Michigan.
Flanory claimed his teeth and gums suffered because he was cut off from toothpaste at a prison in the Upper Peninsula. The state denied the allegations and said the Flint man had only five teeth when he entered prison.
Jurors ruled in favor of the state after a brief trial in Marquette federal court two weeks ago.
The state says prisoners "must bear some responsibility for their unsuccessful claims."