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$5.2 Million Settlement in Failure to Supervise Seattle Juvenile Probationers

Washington State’s King County paid $5,232,914.37 to settle the law suit of Said Muhamed Aba-Sheikh. On March 27, 1999, a gang of four boys – Michael Gallow, Miguel Pierre, Michael Anderson and Pulafano Ativalu – approached 16-year-old Aba-Sheikh as he was riding his bike. Gallow used a piece of broken fencing to strike Aba-Sheikh and stole his bike.

About two hours later, Aba-Sheikh drove to a Shell station at 25th Avenue SW and Morgan in Seattle. The four assailants were there. As Aba-Sheikh tried to lock the car door, he was dragged out, beaten and left unconscious. He remained in a coma for five months. As a result of the beating, he suffered permanent brain and nerve damage and he has been diagnosed with a lung/respiratory disease. He is unable to walk without assistance and is unable to care for himself.

The suit alleged the King County Juvenile Division failed to supervise and enforce the probation conditions of the assailants, who had a series of gang-related activities prior to the attack on Aba-Sheikh. The claim was settled for $4,500,000 in damages and $732,914.37 in costs. Aba-Sheikh was represented by the Tacoma law firm of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Danheim, as well as Seattle attorneys Jay Krulewitch and Fred Diamondstone. The exact date of the settlement is unknown. However, the suit was filed on February 5, 2002. The documents related to this claim are available on PLN’s website. See: Aba-Sheikh v. Choe, et al., King County Superior Court, No. 02-2-05199-5 SEA.

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Aba-Sheikh v. Choe, et al.

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