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      Prisoner sues state after 13 years in solitary confinement

      A prisoner who says he spent 13 years in segregation without a fair opportunity to join other inmates will get his day in court.

      A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Charles Selby can take the Michigan Corrections Department to trial over whether it violated his due process rights.

      The 44 year old is serving a life sentence for murder in Jackson County. He was transferred to a prison in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula in 2001 after a history of escape and attempted escape.

      Selby says he was locked in his cell at least 23 hours a day and even locked up when he was allowed outside.

      A jury will determine whether segregating Selby for so long was based on some evidence. The state says Selby's status was properly reviewed.