Joe Arpaio's Victim Deborah Braillard: Seven Figure Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit, ABC 15 Reports
Wednesday's report from Biscobing...
Kudos to ABC 15 and its reporter Dave Biscobing for the yeomanlike work they've done in bringing to Phoenix viewers the civil trial in Pinal County over the MCSO jail death of diabetic mom Deborah Braillard.
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-Arpaio Snuggles Up to an Ex-Inmate in His Cynical Bid for a Sixth Term
-Paul Penzone Can Beat Arpaio, If He Turns Up the Heat
The station has owned coverage of the three week trial, offering regular, exclusive reports on testimony from Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his former chief deputy David Hendershott, and the detention officers who ignored the dying woman.
Other trial testimony included the former medical director of the Maricopa County jails who agreed that inmates dying needlessly was just "the cost of doing business," and a tearful account from Braillard's daughter about having to take her mom off life support.
Last night, Biscobing broke the news that, "Attorneys for Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the county offered a settlement to the family of Deborah Braillard to avoid having the case go to a jury."
Biscobing also reported that the settlement figure is "at least $1 million."
That's in addition to the $1.8 million in legal fees that have been billed to Maricopa County on the case so far. That figure will likely increase, as it does not include work done by lawyers during the trial.
In Biscobing's reports, he's noted that jail lawsuits over the years have cost the county $25 million since Arpaio took office.
If you throw in all of the other lawsuits the MCSO has taken hits on because of malfeasance and corruption under Joe, the total is more than $50 million.
Braillard's death could easily have been avoided if she'd received the insulin and care that she needed.