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Judge Won't Reconsider Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Prison Loaf

Posted: 10/16/2017 07:58:00 -04:00 Updated:
In this Oct. 26, 2016, photo, a partially eaten nutraloaf sits on a napkin in a visitation room during an Associated Press interview with inmate Kevin Dickens at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP) In this Oct. 26, 2016, photo, a partially eaten nutraloaf sits on a napkin in a visitation room during an Associated Press interview with inmate Kevin Dickens at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- A federal judge has refused to consider a ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by a Delaware inmate over his treatment in prison, including repeatedly being fed an unpalatable food loaf given to unruly inmates.

The judge's ruling last week follows a federal appeals court decision in June upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Kevin Dickens in 2010.

Dickens alleged among other things that he was "constructively starved" when placed on a "nutraloaf" diet for five consecutive weeks in 2009. Dickens said he lost about 60 pounds and suffered from frequent blackouts and low blood pressure.

State attorneys asked the judge last year to dismiss the suit for failure to prosecute, noting that Dickens had not filed any court papers since May 2015.

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