Pamela Smart, who is serving a life sentence for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in New Hampshire, is suing prison officials after she was found guilty of possessing drugs in prison, a report said Tuesday.
Seacoastonline.com reports that Smart is seeking damages, alleging that she was falsely accused of possessing morphine in prison and wrongfully put into solitary confinement for 40 days.
According to the report, the suit seeks $15,282 in damages, including $250 for each day she was wrongfully confined and $3,000 for pain and suffering and damage to reputation.
According to the lawsuit, Smart’s prison cell was searched in April 2017, at which time pills were seized that later tested positive for morphine, the report says. Smart alleges the pills were the pain reliever Tramadol, prescribed to her by a doctor.
The suit alleges that the person who conducted the drug test did not follow protocol and that prison officials violated her due process rights by relying on a incorrectly performed test.
Smart was 22 and working as a high school media coordinator when she was accused of plotting with student William Flynn to murder her husband in 1990. The story inspired the 1995 Nicole Kidman movie "To Die For."
Smart is serving a life sentence at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York.