By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
GREENVILLE – A federal judge dismissed Wednesday former Ole Miss linebacker Eddie Strong’s bid to get out of the Washington County jail.
Strong filed his own complaint May 2 with the U.S. District Court, saying he was being prosecuted unfairly on assault and kidnapping charges because his former girlfriend – the other party to the domestic dispute – is an attorney who works closely with the prosecutor.
He asked for monetary damages and immediate release from jail, where he’s been housed the past 10 months.
Judge W. Allen Pepper dismissed his complaint but did not bar his efforts to file it again, if the conditions are right.
Chiefly, Pepper said Strong used the wrong approach to challenge his incarceration, especially since he has not been convicted “but is simply being detained.”
Pepper also denied Strong’s motion for a preliminary injunction to be released from jail, saying inmates are not protected or guaranteed to any specific housing assignments.
Strong insisted, as a former police officer, that his life was in danger.
Strong was arrested in July 2010 on felony domestic assault and kidnapping charges after a physical altercation with his son’s mother.
The Batesville native, who made more than 100 tackles for the Ole Miss football team in 2000, remains in jail because he is unable to make his $250,000 bond.
He also claims he cannot get his bail lowered because of his ex-girlfriend’s connections with the court and officials.
“I am getting unfair justice,” he told the federal court in a hand-written document.