Toledoans claim they were wrongly imprisoned after Hurricane Katrina
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:04:02 GMT —
Two Toledo tourists imprisoned for a month in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina may be getting a big pay day.
Paul Kunkel and Robie Wagenfeald were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, just two days before katrina hit in August 2005. They expected to be free within a day but when the New Orleans jail was flooded the guards fled.
The men were eventually rescued by the National Guard but spent a month in custody while the court system was realigned. They were eventually released without being charged with any crimes.
They sued claiming they were falsely imprisoned. A Federal jury awarded them more than $650,000 in damage. They had been seeking $1.3 million. But that decision was appealed.
On Monday, a Federal Appeals Court heard arguments from their lawyers. The judge's did not indicate when they might rule.
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