Sheriff and Judge in Battle Over Medical Care in Jail

ATHENS — In November, David Conis Jr. sat in a Henderson County courtroom, vomiting repeatedly because of his vacillating blood-sugar levels, terrified that he was facing a diabetic coma.

“It’s not a good feeling to start puking up bile,” said Conis, who has Type 1 diabetes.

Henderson County state district Judge Carter Tarrance, concerned that the county jail was not providing adequate care, sent Conis to a local clinic and ordered the jail to follow the doctor’s instructions. When the jail did not do that, Tarrance said he was faced with a problem: Should he release Conis, a sex ...

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