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$1.7 Million Settlement for Beating

A homeless man arrested for not paying a $100 fine for shoplifting food was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail. He refused to take an X-ray test for tuberculosis and was placed into an unsupervised hallway with a much taller prisoner who had earlier been certified as mentally disturbed. The mentally disturbed prisoner beat him so severely he is now in a permanent vegetative state with brain damage. He sued the county claiming that by placing him in the hallway, unsupervised, with the other prisoner, he was placed in danger. Los Angeles county entered into a $1.7 million settlement to prevent the case from going to trial. See: Cubbison v. Court of Los Angeles, US District Court, Los Angeles, No BC-0560666, reported in the National Law Journal, April 11, 1994.

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Cubbison v. Court of Los Angeles