April 4, 1995 in Nation/World

Suspected Killer Loses Lawsuit

Compiled From Wire Services

The man charged with kidnapping and murdering 12-year-old Polly Klaas lost a lawsuit Monday over his housing at Sonoma County Jail.

Richard Allen Davis sued, saying he was improperly placed in an isolation cell, then moved to a cell next to several mentally disturbed inmates. The resulting stress, he said, has required him to take medication and has prevented him from adequately taking part in his defense.

He sought placement in the jail’s general population and damages.

But U.S. District Judge Eugene Lynch said prisoners have no constitutional right to be housed in any particular area of a jail.

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