Judge Denies Bond To Federal Inmate
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge today denied bond to a federal inmate who was ordered back to prison for violating regulations by eating bagels containing poppy seeds.
Assistant U.S. Public Defender Richard Reeve had asked U.S. District Judge T.F. Gilroy Daly to release Anthony Clarizio of Stratford on bond while Clarizio’s lawsuit challenging the poppy seed rule is pending.
The rule was put into effect because the seeds have the same effect on urine samples as do some illegal drugs. Heroin is derived from the poppy plant.
Inmates released to halfway houses are ordered not to eat poppy seeds.
Reeve is challenging the legality of the rule especially when it is applies to inmates with no drug history, like Clarizio.
Clarizio, who had been living at a halfway house in Hartford, said that while at a friend’s house in Stratford last month he forgot about the rule and ate bagels containing poppy seeds. Authorities found out when he failed a urine test upon his return to the house.
Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Ellen Burns decided against reducing Clarizio’s two-year sentence on loansharking and false statement charges because of the rule violation. She sent Clarizio back to federal prison in Danbury until his sentence is up Oct. 1.