Sleven, a New Mexico resident, was initially placed in jail back in 2005 over a DWI and the charges were later dismissed after two years of unlawful confinement. Sleven since filed a Federal lawsuit and has recently been awarded one of the largest civil rights awards involving an inmate in U.S. history for $22 million.
This false imprisonment of Steven Sleven is not an isolated incident according to Sleven's attorney, Mr.Coyte told KOB.com that he hopes Mr. Slevein's court victory will send a message throughout the state:
"I have never been with or seen a braver man who stood up to these guys for what they did to him," he said. It affects everybody and it's not good for this country. It's not good for Mr Slevin for sure and it's not good for this country. It has to stop." Lonely Hell of Long Forgotten Prisoner Stephen Slevin - TheTelegraph.com.au