“Applesauce woman” Nadine Hays still fighting the TSA

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  1. TSA News Blog

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    Nadine Kay Hays is back in court.​
    Hays is the woman who was arrested, handcuffed, strip-searched, and jailed after the TSA decided she was too uppity. Hays had been escorting her ill, 93-year-old mother through security at the Burbank airport in 2009 when the TSA decided to confiscate the applesauce and yogurt the elderly woman needed to eat during the journey. In trying to retrieve her stolen items, Hays was accused by the TSA of hitting an agent. Prosecutors later charged her with battery.​
    A year later, in April of 2010, a judge threw the case out of court. Hays had won (though not before her mother could savor the victory with her; she had died a few weeks before).
    Hays then decided to sue the TSA.
    But apparently she’s representing herself in court, something that few of us mere mortals can do (hats off to the indefatigable Jon Corbett, however, who has managed to do it). This self-representation has led to a lengthy, unwieldy complaint and an increasingly frustrated judge.
    The latest news is that if she doesn’t cut her complaint down to size (25 double-spaced pages instead of 129), her case will be thrown out.
    I’m on Nadine Hays’s side. I hope she wins. I also hope she gets some professional legal advice.
    (Photo: Stacy Spensley/Flickr Creative Commons)
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  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Seems like the judge has bent over backward to allow her complaint to proceed her complaint is over 120 pages for a jar of apple sauce. Many of us saw the video and no doubt she has a complaint that could be stated in a few pages.

    Anyone know how to find her contact info so we could offer to rewrite of the complaint to get under the 25 pages?
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I wasn't aware they had strip searched Hays. What was up with that? Was it part of the jail intake procedure after she was arrested?
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Is this related to the recent Simple Justice blog post? Or is this something different?

  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach


    Judge accepts amended complaint in TSA applesauce arrest

    A U.S. District Court judge has accepted a third amended complaint from a woman who got into a tussle with security officials at Bob Hope Airport when they wouldn’t allow her to bring applesauce and other snacks on a flight in 2009.

    Nadine Hays of Camarillo claims she was taken into custody after the April 2009 incident based on a falsified citizen’s arrest form and tampered evidence.

    U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Walsh said several defendants who have been served, including some airport employees, must now respond to allegations in Hays’ complaint — or enter a plea — by March 1.

    The defendants include Tesia Tettah, the Transportation Security Administration employee with whom Hays allegedly got into a tug-of-war. The three arresting police officers from the airport are also named, as are the Burbank city attorney’s office, Burbank Police Department, airport police department and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which oversees the airfield.
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach


    Looks like the end of the road for Nadine ...

    Burbank Leader: Court rejects amended TSA complaint from woman who tried to carry applesauce, snacks on flight (Aug 23 2013)

    Lacking formal legal training but acting as her own attorney, Nadine Hays hit another legal roadblock this month when a U.S. District Court magistrate rejected her attempts to file an amended complaint — her fourth in two years — alleging a conspiracy to tamper with video of the scuffle and conceal the identities of the TSA agents involved. Hays, 61, argues that two women identified by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as the TSA agents who struggled with her while confiscating a cooler that contained food for her elderly mother are “impostors” planted to conceal discrepancies in the government’s case. U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee dismissed claims against one of the women in February, and in July U.S Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh recommended that Gee dismiss Hays’ claims against the other. It is not clear when Gee will rule on whether to continue the suit.

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