June 6, 2012
Judge throws out SD inmate's circumcision lawsuitSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge threw out a South Dakota prison inmate's claim he was permanently harmed when he was circumcised as an infant.
Twenty-eight-year-old Dean Cochrun had sought $1,000 in damages from Sanford Health. He also demanded "restoration" surgery.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier dismissed the case last week. She says the court doesn't have jurisdiction because both Cochrun and the hospital are in South Dakota.
|Argus Leader June 6, 2012
But U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier dismissed his case last week, finding that the federal court system has no jurisdiction over such a small claim. [So he should have sued for millions....] She also ordered him to pay a $350 filing fee.
Cochrun's lawsuit says he was circumcised shortly after he was born in Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. The hospital is now known as Sanford Health.
Cochrun says the circumcision left him feeling inadequate and unable to fully enjoy sexual intercourse.
Sanford Health says circumcision wouldn't have been done without parental consent. [And that changes what?]
Cochrun is serving time in South Dakota's state prison for kidnapping. [But he won't be there forever, so that changes what?]