Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'm sure it would have been cheaper just to fix things in the first place

Dallas County hit with $900,000 verdict in jail neglect case

Dallas County was slapped Tuesday with a $900,000 verdict in a federal jail neglect case involving a prisoner who suffered a stroke while in custody after being denied proper medical care, the man's lawyer said.

Stanley Shepherd sued in 2005 in federal court, saying the county violated his constitutional rights by denying him basic medical care while he was in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center.

The jury issued its verdict Tuesday morning after deliberating since about 1 p.m. Monday, said Don Tittle, the attorney for Mr. Shepherd. The trial began last Monday. If lawyers' fees and interest are granted, the county could have to pay more than $1 million, he said.

Yep. This is not the first time the jail has been mentioned in connection with a lawsuit. Probably won't be the last.

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