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Arizona Sheriff to Pay $275,000 for Negligence of Jail Staff

In a complaint lodged in September 2009 by Phoenix attorney Joel B. Robbins, Esq., Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio was held liable for the negligence of his staff. The Plaintiff, Jerome Talbow, was a prisoner in the Maricopa County Jail on the morning of December 17, 2001. Feeling ill, Talbow approached the guards and requested medical attention, which was denied him for more than five hours until he lost consciousness. At that time, he was taken to an emergency room where he was soon diagnosed as suffering from Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

At a jury trial that took place on July 11, 2006, it was determined that the five hour delay in getting Talbow medical assistance directly resulted in his near-death, as well as his possibly permanent loss of memory and vision. As a result of that finding, Sheriff Arpaio was ordered to pay $275,000 in damages to the Plaintiff.

See: Talbow v. Maricopa County, Maricopa County Superior Court, Case No. CV2002-024l37.

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