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Judge throws out SD inmate's circumcision lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A federal judge threw out a South Dakota prison inmate's claim he was permanently harmed when he was circumcised as an infant. Twenty-eight-year-old Dean Cochrun had sought $1,000 in damages from Sanford Health. U.S. District ...

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A federal judge threw out a South Dakota prison inmate's claim he was permanently harmed when he was circumcised as an infant.

Twenty-eight-year-old Dean Cochrun had sought $1,000 in damages from Sanford Health.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier dismissed the case last week. She says the federal courts don't have jurisdiction over a claim as small as Cochrun's.

Cochrun's court filing says he was circumcised shortly after he was born in Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. The hospital is now known as Sanford Health.

Cochrun says the circumcision left him feeling inadequate and unable to fully enjoy sexual intercourse.

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Sanford Health says the procedure would not have been done without parental consent.

Cochrun is serving time in South Dakota's state prison for kidnapping.

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