Jury awards $200K to shackled mom

"After less than an hour of deliberation Thursday, seven jury members in the Juana Villegas trial awarded the woman $200,000 in compensation ? $1 million short of what she sought. A federal judge ruled in April that Villegas' rights were violated when Davidson County Sheriff?s deputies shackled her before and after childbirth. Following the jury's decision, Sheriff Daron Hall said the amount awarded, ?whether it was a dollar or a million dollars? mattered little because his office and Metro had already decided to appeal an April judgment by U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes Jr. that led to Thursday?s outcome." Nashville City Paper, Aug. 18, 2011.


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