published Friday, August 19th, 2011

Nashville: Woman shackled during labor gets $200K, sheriff vows appeal

It took a jury less than an hour Thursday to decide that Juana Villegas deserved $200,000 for having her rights violated by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office when deputies shackled her during labor.

It was far less than the $1.2 million Villegas’ attorneys wanted. Sheriff Daron Hall was unimpressed and said his office planned to appeal, “whether it was a dollar or a million dollars.”

“Really, it’s not a surprise to us,” he said. “We’re anxious to get our (appeals) case heard.”

But the case brought nationwide criticism of the way Nashville treats immigrants and incarcerated women. It changed the way the sheriff’s office handles pregnant inmates. And it drew negative attention to Metro’s legal team, whose decisions and conduct were questioned not only by the presiding judge but also by other attorneys and at least one Metro councilman.

“Certainly the judge in the case had strong opinions about Nashville’s performance as well,” said Councilman Ronnie Steine. “All we can do is learn from it and try to avoid this in the future.”

Continue reading at The Tennessean

1
Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
macropetala8 said...

Way to go, AMERIKA!! Show those other countries that violate human rights on a regular basis those freedoms and compassion you really stand for!! sarcasm

August 19, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.