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California Settles Prisoner's Improperly Confiscated Property Suit for $200

Lorenzo Fosselman, Jr., a California state prisoner, filed a state civil action alleging that R. Morring, a guard at the Salinas Valley State Prison, confiscated 10 compact discs and 10 cassette tapes from him and failed to record the confiscation. He further alleged that the confiscation was unlawful as he was authorized to possess the items. Fosselman believed the confiscation was in retaliation for a previously-filed grievance.

Fosselman grieved the property seizure, but Morring allegedly told the grievance officer that he had or would return the property. Thus, Fosselman was not given relief in the grievance system because the grievance personnel, based upon Morring's misrepresentation, kept stating that the property had been returned when, in fact, it had not been returned.

On April 29, 2009, Fosselman settled the suit for $200. See: Fosselman v. Morring, Monterey Co. Superior Court, Case No. M 92705

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Fosselman v. Morring