NEW ORLEANS—A federal jury has awarded more than $650,000 to two Ohio tourists who were arrested for public drunkenness and jailed for more than a month in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina.
The jury concluded Thursday that Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman falsely imprisoned Robie (RAH'-bee) Waganfeald and Paul Kunkel Jr. and awarded them a total of $459,300.
The men, both from Toledo, Ohio, had asked the jury to award them more than $1.3 million in damages. They claimed they were held illegally in inhumane conditions after the jail flooded.
A lawyer for Gusman says the sheriff's office did an "outstanding" job of caring for and protecting inmates during the 2005 storm's aftermath.