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BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. (BAXTER BULLETIN) - Jury deliberations in Tammy Hanson's federal lawsuit alleging civil rights violations for her treatment while incarcerated in the Baxter County jail is approaching the three-hour mark at the J. Smith Henley Federal Building in Harrison.

Since being given the case by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge P.K. Holmes III, jurors have passed a note to the bench asking for clarification to a question and are now being delivered lunch.

Of interest is that today, for the first time since case proceedings began Tuesday, Hanson has people sitting on her side of the courtroom — her mother and sister.

Hanson was in the Baxter County jail for approximately eight months, beginning in September 2009, after she received a one-year sentence following her conviction in 2006 on a host of misdemeanor animal abuse charges in the highly publicized Every Dog Needs A Home (EDNAH) animal sanctuary case involving nearly 500 dogs.

The lawsuit filed by Hanson, claiming she was denied medical care and privacy from male inmates, names Baxter County, Sheriff John Montgomery and former jail supervisor Randy Weaver as defendants, and seeks $300,000 in compensatory damages and an unspecified amount of punitive damages.

Baxter County, Sheriff John Montgomery and former jail supervisor Randy Weaver have all been cleared by a jury as the verdicts were issued at 2:10 p.m. in the federal suit filed by former Baxter County inmate Tammy Hanson.

Hanson was in the Baxter County jail for approximately eight months, beginning in September 2009, after she received a one-year sentence following her conviction in 2006 on a host of misdemeanor animal abuse charges in the highly publicized Every Dog Needs A Home (EDNAH) animal sanctuary case involving nearly 500 dogs on her Gamaliel property.

The lawsuit filed by Hanson, claiming she was denied medical care and privacy from male inmates, named Baxter County, Montgomery and Weaver as the main defendants, and was seeking $300,000 in compensatory damages and an unspecified amount of punitive damages.

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