By JEFF AMY
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals court says the constitutional rights of a Mississippi woman jailed 96 days without seeing a judge were violated, saying she can sue the sheriff and county that held her.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overruled a lower court, reinstating Jessica Jauch's lawsuit against Choctaw County and Sheriff Cloyd Halford. His lawyer declined comment.
The original judge ruled that because Jauch had been indicted by a grand jury on a felony drug charge, she had no right to a quick hearing. The appeals court called Jauch's detention "unjust and unfair."
Jauch was arrested on traffic charges in 2012 and held after being served with the drug indictment. She was eventually cleared of the drug charge after video didn't show her committing a crime.
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