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Inmates suing Weber County Jail rebuffed in effort to seek release

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Federal inmates who have sued a Utah jail and alleged a failure to adequately protect them from the coronavirus will not be able to seek immediate release through a habeas corpus petition. (Photo: KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal inmates who have sued a Utah jail and alleged a failure to adequately protect them from the coronavirus will not be able to seek immediate release through a habeas corpus petition.

A judge issued the ruling during a teleconference hearing Friday. Six people charged with federal crimes and held at Weber County Jail in Ogden filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court last month.

An attorney says his clients must be removed from the jail to avoid "severe" and "unconstitutional" conditions.

A layer representing the county sheriff says the risk of getting the virus has dropped since the jail implemented additional sanitation and social distancing efforts.

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