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Washington District Court Awards $195,000 For False Arrest, Emotional Distress

In April 1998, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of
Washington awarded $195,000 for emotional distress to a man who was
wrongfully arrested.

The plaintiff, 40 and retired at the time of the March 1997 incident,
claimed he suffered emotional distress when be was arrested for performing
an illegal abortion on his ex-wife. He further claimed in his lawsuit,
which named as defendants the cities of Bellevue and Longview, Cowlitz
County, and various individuals, that there was no probable cause for his
arrest, that he was denied bail, and that he was not permitted to use the
telephone while in jail. The plaintiff contended his injuries resulted from
the defendants' negligence and violation of his civil rights.

The defendants denied that the plaintiff was falsely arrested, denied
liability, disputed his injuries, and contended they followed proper
procedures. See: Orner v. City of Bellevue, USDC WD WA, Case No.
C098-0529L, 1999 WL 33236376.

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Orner v. City of Bellevue