Former inmate sues over 103-day jail stay

Posted Dec. 11, 2009, at 5:29 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A former York County Jail inmate who spent three months behind bars after a judge ordered her release on personal recognizance is suing.

Mary P. O’Connor-Saverse’s lawsuit in York County Superior Court contends her lawyer was incompetent and her civil rights were violated by jail officials.

O’Connor-Saverse was arrested by the Wells Police Department on Dec. 11, 2007, and charged with criminal threatening and terrorizing. The Journal Tribune says documents filed the next day ordered her released on personal recognizance. Also, she was assigned a lawyer.

In the end, she was held 103 days before she was released. Her former lawyer, Amy McGarry, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.