Cayuga County may appeal order to pay former jail inmate $300K

Cayuga County may appeal a court decision and order requiring it to pay over $300,000 to a former county jail inmate.

Richard T. Andrews, an Auburn resident, was arrested, arraigned and remanded to Cayuga County Jail on May 2, 2009, according to a state Supreme Court decision filed on Nov. 2.

Andrews had a prescription for Xanax, a kind of controlled substance called a benzodiazepine. The jail denied Andrews his medication, substituting it with another, the decision said. Four days after being incarcerated, he suffered withdrawal symptoms including multiple seizures, which appeared to have caused shoulder fractures and dislocations.

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