An inmate said being locked up in the Nacogdoches County Jail led to a $13 million headache, but a federal judge says that amount of relief is too much of a tough pill to swallow.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn last week threw out a lawsuit by La’Fabian Jabbar Fite, who said he was mistakenly given medication at the jail that left him with a headache and “heart pain.”
“I want $13,000,000 for the constant headaches every day and heart pain. And criminal charges to be filed on the partys (sic),” the 23-year-old said in a handwritten lawsuit.
Hawthorn ruled the suit was frivolous and failed to state a claim.
Fite claims that a trustee inmate at the jail was passing out medication on April 19 when he was given the wrong pills.
It’s unclear what medication Fite was prescribed — he describes it in writing as “psychmedication” — or what he took in its place. Inmate medical records are not publicly available.
It’s also unclear if Fite recognized the pills as not being his prescription before consuming them. Fite did say in the suit that he was taken to a local emergency room for treatment after taking the medication.
Fite asked that the filing fee be waived for the suit, citing a bank account balance of zero.
“I do not own anything,” he wrote in the space after a questions about possessions he could possibly sell to finance his case.
Hawthorn disagreed, ordering Fite to pay the $350 filing fee with deductions being drafted from his inmate trust account.
Fite’s been in the Nacogdoches County Jail since August in lieu of $752,500 bail. He’s charged with tampering with a witness in a family violence case and criminal mischief.
Witness tampering in family violence cases is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison.