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Lawmaker Seeks Ban On ‘Testicle’ Hitch

January 15, 2008 – 3:10pm
RICHMOND, Va. – Drive across Virginia with an outsized rubber replica of testicles dangling from your trailer hitch and you face a fine under a bill before the General Assembly.

Delegate Lionel Spruill introduced the legislation Tuesday, saying the sight of masculine genitalia is a safety issue because it distracts drivers.

Spruill, a Democrat from Portsmouth, would make display of the ornamentation on a motor vehicle a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $250.

He says the idea came from a constituent whose young daughter had spotted the facsimile sex organs and asked her father to explain them.

The Virginia legislature has some experience with offbeat bills. Three years ago, it attracted worldwide attention for its effort to outlaw baggy pants worn so low they expose underwear.

Man Claims Hospital Forced Rectal Exam

Lawyer: Client Went Through Hell

POSTED: 1:54 am EST January 16, 2008

NEW YORK — A construction worker has filed a lawsuit claiming that when he went to a hospital after being hit on the forehead by a falling wooden beam, emergency room staffers forcibly gave him a rectal examination.

Brian Persaud, 38, said in court papers that after he denied a request by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital emergency room employees to examine his rectum, he was “assaulted, battered and falsely imprisoned.”

His lawyer, Gerrard M. Marrone, said Tuesday that his client was injured while working at a construction site in midtown Manhattan on May 20, 2003, and at the hospital later he got eight stitches for a cut over his eyebrow.

Then, Marrone said, emergency room staffers insisted on examining his rectum and held him down while he begged, “Please don’t do that.” He said Persaud hit a doctor while flailing around and staffers gave him an injection, which knocked him out, and performed the rectal exam.

Persaud woke up handcuffed to a bed and with an oxygen tube down his throat, the lawyer said, and spent three days in a detention center.

Marrone said he and Persaud later learned the rectal exam was one way of determining whether he had suffered spinal damage because of the accident.

A request by the hospital to dismiss Persaud’s lawsuit was denied by Justice Alice Schlesinger, who ordered a trial to start March 31.

Hospital spokesman Bryan Dotson said, “While it would be inappropriate for us to comment on specifics of the case, we believe it is completely without merit and intend to contest it vigorously.”

Marrone said his client “went through hell.”

“He has a right to refuse a medical procedure,” Marrone said. “The guy was assaulted and arrested for needing stitches.”

The lawyer said his unmarried client, who lives in Brooklyn, has not been able to hold a job since the incident.

“He’s just not the same psychologically,” Marrone said. “He felt like they were trying to rape him.”

Persaud’s lawsuit, filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, seeks unspecified damages.

A judge dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge against him.

One response to this post.

  1. Absurd, what people feel needs to be legislated.

    I am incline to say the man was entitled to refuse the exam. I am curious to see how the court case plays out.

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