PHOENIX (CN) – Though she had notes from a judge and a doctor, Sheriff Joe Arpaio denied a woman her prescription medication in jail, causing her to pass out and require emergency medical care, the woman claims in Maricopa County Court. This is the 33rd lawsuit filed against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio since 2007, according to the Courthouse News database.
Delyla Pierson-Winburn says she passed out in a holding cell while incarcerated for a DUI conviction at the Lower Buckeye. She says she requires daily prescription medicine for temperature intolerance, but she was not allowed to take it, though she was allowed to bring her prescriptions to the jail and she had a letter from a judge stating that she should be allowed to use her medication, and a letter from her doctor stating she had “significant temperature intolerance.”
Winburn demands damages for medical costs, severe anxiety disorder and loss of wages.
She is represented by Janet R. Feeley of Mesa.