Two Albuquerque attorneys who took the case of an inmate left in solitary confinement for two years have been named Attorneys of the Year by the Watchdog Group, Public Justice.

Attorneys Matthew Coyte and Jack Jacks represented Stephen Selvin, a man held in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth because he was denied dental care was awarded $22 million for violation of his civil rights and inhumane treatment. Selvin eventually accepted $15.5 milllion.

Slevin, 58, from New Mexico, was given the payout after accusing Dona Ana County jail of essentially forgetting about him after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 2005, not giving him the healthcare he needed. Insurance paid about $6 million and New Mexico taxpayers paid the balance.

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