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Aug 19, 2013 3:31 AM by AP

'Miscommunication' extends stretch in EBR jail

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former inmate is suing the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff, saying he was jailed up to 13 months more than he should have been.

The Advocate reports that Rogers Thomas was sentenced to six months for contempt of court on each of several bench warrants. Court administrators say the record failed to state whether those should run concurrently - as one 180-day term - or consecutively, keeping Thomas jailed for at least two years.

After serving more than six months, he began writing to jailers, saying he thought there had been a mistake.

Another judge ordered him released after he had served nearly 1 ½ years.

The Sheriff's Office says the lawsuit should be thrown out because Thomas never filed a formal grievance.

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