Pamela Smart Sues Over Solitary Confinement Sparked by Cheesecake Knife

Pamela Smart, the New Hampshire school employee who was sentenced to life after her teenage lover killed her husband, claims in a lawsuit that she was wrongly put in solitary confinement for 90 days.

Smart was a media coordinator at Hampton's Winnacunnet High School when she seduced a 16-year-old boy in 1990. He claimed she threatened to break up with him if he didn't kill her husband; she has denied planning the murder.

In a lawsuit amended this week, Smart says she was wrongly punished after a plastic utensil used to slice cheesecake was found in her cell in Bedford Hills, New York.

A spokeswoman for the New York attorney general's office, which is representing prison officials, had no immediate comment.

Smart's case inspired the novel and movie "To Die For."

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