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Judge ends pregnant inmate's suit over restraints

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By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a former jail inmate in metro Phoenix who claimed her constitutional rights were violated when officers restrained her before and after she gave birth to her son at a hospital.

U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled Wednesday that Miriam Mendiola-Martinez failed to demonstrate a clear constitutional rights violation.

The judge explained that there was no law at the time that would have put the county on notice that restraining a pregnant inmate was unconstitutional.

Mendiola-Martinez filed the lawsuit against Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a county health care district that operates a hospital where inmates are taken for medical treatment.

She alleged that they showed deliberate indifference to her serious medical needs.

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