Oct 13, 2010 4:19 PM by Letitia Walker
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two tourists from Ohio claim they were
trapped in "hell on earth" after they were arrested on public
drunkeness charges in New Orleans' French Quarter two days before
Hurricane Katrina's landfall and remained stuck behind bars for
more than a month.
Now a federal jury is set to decide whether city jail officials
violated their constitutional rights.
Seven jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Thursday
for the civil case involving Robie (RAH'-bee) Waganfeald and Paul
Kunkel Jr., both of Toledo, Ohio, filed against Sheriff Marlin
Gusman and two of his top deputies.
Waganfeald and Kunkel say the sheriff could have released people
charged with minor municipal offenses before the storm hit, but
Gusman testified Wednesday that he has never exercised that power.