It sounds plausible, but there is no truth to the rumor that Newton County Jail inmates are planning on suing Judge Kevin Selby for sentencing perennial candidate and loser Martin Lindstedt to 660 days in jail for contempt of court.
"It will lower the property values, that's for sure," rumors had one prisoner saying. The prisoners reportedly are content to have Lindstedt remain in solitary confinement, though they would prefer that he be in solitary confinement in Jasper County or McDonald County or anywhere but Newton County.
"It's people like him that give prisoners a bad name," an anonymous prisoner allegedly said. (You can't be too careful when you're writing a post like this.)
Residents of Granby, where Lindstedt was living before he changed his permanent address to the Newton County Jail, are reportedly raising funds for Judge Selby's reelection campaign, and are touting him for governor in 2008.