Man Spends 5 Months In Jail While Having A $1 Bail, Sues NY

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The maddening story of a Queens man who spent nearly five months at Rikers Island while unaware of his one dollar bail status has entered its next logical chapter: a lawsuit. Who wouldn’t sue the state of NY for not letting him know he has a one dollar bail. We would be LIT! Aitabdel Salem is suing the city and his Legal Aid attorneys for failing to inform of his reduced bail, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

“Mr. Salem implored corrections officers within [Rikers Island] to tell him what happened on his respective court dates,” the lawsuit states. “None of the corrections officers told him that he was ordered to be free on Nov. 28, 2014, because his bail had been reduced [to] $1.” Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges Salem’s “unrelenting pleas” for more information on his potential freedom were ignored.

Back in 2014, Salem was arrested after being accused of attacking a New York cop who was attempting to arrest him during an alleged coat theft incident. Initially, Salem’s bail was set at $25,000. When prosecutors were unable to get an indictment on the cop attack accusations, Salem was ordered to be released.

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