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Mistakenly Released Washington Jail Prisoner Kills Woman; Estate Wins $1,525,000 in Lawsuit

Lloyd Monroe, a state prisoner in the Whatcom County, Washington jail for no-contact order violations, was mistakenly released. A couple of days later he raped and killed Michelle Smith, the woman who the no-contact order was supposed to keep Monroe away from. Smith's estate sued the state and county in state court on state and federal claims, and they settled the case for $1,525,000 on July 7, 1999. The plaintiffs were represented by Mark Leemon of Seattle, Washington. See: Smith v. State of Washington, Whatcom County Superior Court, Case No. 97-2-00316-2.

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Smith v. State of Washington