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.

See also:
-What's Mom Worth?: When a Woman Became Deathly Ill in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jail, Guards and Nurses Ignored Her Agony
-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.

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Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Enough! is Enough! This sheriff is out of control and costing the tax payers way too much. It's time to finally get rid of this corrupt cop by heading to the voter booths come November.

bobunf
bobunf

Thoughtful people will contemplate two important considerations from this horrendous story of Deborah Braillard’s unnecessary death:

 

1.  Cost.  The cost of this case to the County will easily exceed $6 million and none of it will be covered by insurance.  The County doesn’t make it easy for the public to figure out how much this case cost, but we know there’s the $1.8 million in attorney’s fees accumulated before the trial.  

 

The legal fees in a high profile three week trial could approach another million, and there will be on-gong costs as the settlement is implemented.  We have no idea how much was spent on expert witnesses, court reporters, and other costs.  The total of these costs to the County will be around $3 million when all is said and done.

 

There are the costs of the plaintiff: legal fees, expert witnesses, court and other costs.  These will be on the same order as the County has incurred.  Michael Manning does not work for free.

 

There is the immense amount of time employees of the Sheriff’s Office and other County employees have devoted to this case over the last seven years.  How many County employees were questioned, prepared, deposed, testified?   It has to involve thousands of hours, including that of very high ranking people, hopefully including members of the Board of Supervisors paying attention to atrocities occurring in their County on their watch.

 

Why did these fees run so high, and the case take so long?  The Sheriff used every tactic to delay and frustrate, including destroying evidence, filing for a new judge, trying to exclude witnesses, etc., etc. over seven years.

 

Finally, there is the cost of the settlement, which could dwarf all of these other costs.  $6 million may well be too little, and none of these costs will be covered by insurance.  

 

The impact on the County’s reputation of such atrocious behavior paints the County, indeed, the whole state, with a very black brush. The impact on the morale of County employees has to be dreadful; what self-respecting person could stomach such a barbaric environment?

 

This scenario occurs with every case against the county.  The announced settlement or award is only a fraction of the total cost.

 

2.  What else is out there?  Of far more significance than this one case is the question of how much is out there in pending cases, in notices of claim, in incidents that have occurred but are not yet reported; and the big question of what may happen in the future.   We know of two recent high profile deaths: Marty Atencio and Raymond Farinas.  

 

We know there are thousands of pending cases, involving non-lethal maltreatment, false arrests, civil rights violations and other causes.

 

As for the future, the jail holds people convicted of nothing or of relatively minor crimes, who are subjected to exposure (145 degrees according to the Sheriff, and sub-freezing temperatures at other times), malnutrition, untrained guards operating in a milieu of barbarism, and, obviously, woefully inadequate access to essential medical care.  

 

What of a die off after some especially extreme weather, a round of infections, a course of tainted food, or some unforeseen disaster?  A hundred? Two hundred dead people?  Would that bring the cost of the Sheriff home?  Is that what it will take?

chadsnow
chadsnow

YPS, yes it is County Risk Management that makes the decision to settle this case.  It would be an insurance company, but Joe Arpaio has made the County nearly uninsurable.  With no carrier willing to insure MCSO with less than a $5,000,000 deductible, every penny of this settlement comes out of the taxpayer's pocket. 

 

BTW, are you really Rachel Alexander, the (only) intellectual conservative? 

FuckArpaio
FuckArpaio

The sound you hear below is Arpaio's balls hitting JoeArpaioFan on the chin.

azwaverider
azwaverider

Another embarassment. I know people from around the world who ask me why we would vote for such media hounds. Between this PR nightmare and the governor our state has become a laughing stock planet wide. Enough is enough, lets get qualified people on the job and stop pandering to the parties.

Bleed some of those campaign funds into the lawsuits there Joe, instead of plastering that ugly mug on billboards, for once in your life become accountable.

Oh and MiniJoe, yes you JAF, get your scrawny butt to school and learn something about civics and facts, just because YOU say it doesn't make it true, or even reality.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Those who die in the hands of MCSO have croaked because they deserved it.  The fact that she refused treatment is no fault of Joe's.

robert_graham
robert_graham

I see it did not take long to devise another misleading attack ad against Arpaio.  This just goes to show that each article is more of a desperate attempt to discredit Joe and Lemons will stop at nothing to do it by writing lies, deceit and distorting the truth.  Actually the bitch cost the million, not Joe.

jester.jackson
jester.jackson

It is too bad so many people had to die and millions of dollars be spent before people started to pay attention.  Arpaio is a carpetbagger & a teabagger.

Cozz
Cozz

Lets hope Arpaio's rain of terror ends this November.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

it took 7 years for Braillard to get justice, it has taken over 5 years for Joe to pay attention to Morrison's case, nothing is being done for the Atencio's, Joe isnt tough on crime, its just tough to get him to investigate crime. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @bobunf the daughter was not a rich girl, so when you figure the money, remember the settlement for the daughter was 7 figures (anywhere from $1,000,000 to $9,999,999) but the attorney will be getting ....what? 30%? so they payout could actually have been in the 8 figure range for all we know

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @chadsnow It's always been Risk Management's responsibility to decide whether the County defends or settles cases.  

 

Nice twist of misinformation chad.  There are honorable LDS attorneys out there.  You aren't one of them.

DNichols
DNichols

What about the Mentally Handicapped Man who when he was arrested asked:his mother to ride in the patrol car, saying:  "Mommy will you ride with me"

 

By the time his parents got to the M.C.S.O. Jail Arpaio's trained "Goon Squad" had already kicked him in the throat, killing him as he tried to hide from thier beating under a bench?

 

This man had the I.Q. of an eight  year old Child.

 

Arpaio's "Trained Goon's" have the highest "In Custody Death rate in America".

 

Arpaio is a Monster.

fire26la
fire26la

I never comment on this page but hearing your heartless rants I can guarantee you that coming from me you will receive bad energy coming your way...I hope you have kids and a mother and if you do I wish them the worst in this lifetime..Remember my words as you see one of your family members suffering..They can rot like the pig that you are..If you understood energy you would realize that the word is very powerful and all the anger and venom you throw at others will come tenfold to you ..So just remember when you see one of your kids or your mother or wife suffering all of it came about because of your pathetic ugliness way of being..Energy is what we are made of and believe me when I tell you the energy you emanate to the world comes back to hunt you tenfold whether it be good or bad energy..You are a sick individual and I can't wait to see you suffer...I hope you die a miserable death and it all will be because of your heartless way of thinking..you miserable piece of shit....Karma is really a bitch like your mother!!!  Remember me everyday when your suffering I wish you bad dreams and sleepless nights...You horrible"whore of Arpaio"...Miserable Bitch!!!

david_saint01
david_saint01

 @JoeArpaioFan LMAO kind of hard to refuse treatment when you are half dead to begin with genius. but dont let the facts get in the way of your delusions

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan Misleading? Have you been taking LSD?

 

The MCSO shurf did this to himself and no one else. It makes great fodder for Penzone and the sane voters of Maricopa County to use against the Old Fool come November.

david_saint01
david_saint01

 @JoeArpaioFan misleading? you cant be serious..you either are high on some powerful ass shit, or have no fucking clue what you are talking about

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @Cozz LOL!  You better think again because you are about to be sadly disappointed!

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @truthseekeraz Sour Lemons is despicable.  He spreads nothing but lies and he distorts the truth to his own advantage. 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy @david_saint01 @truthseekeraz @MaskedMagician1967 @Cozz 

 

To all, whenever JAF and YPS post such offensive material as this, wishing harm on others or wishing a body rot in a grave, etc... truly offensive and disgusting content, start using the 'FLAG' function at the bottom of posts

 

I welcome anyone, even JAF and YPS to be passionate but wishing for a corpse to rot and for bodily harm on others (as he has wished for in other posts on this very article) is disgusting/offensive in the extreme and should be flagged.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @danzigsdaddy Marty Atencio deserved what happened to him because he was a very bad person.  I hope he is rotting in his grave.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @bobunf and as you said, thats not counting what we had to pay out on the Arpaio side of it

azwaverider
azwaverider

 @fire26la

 If you know anything about energy and karma you know what your "curse" just did to your own future. Good luck.

 

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @fire26la Your comments are no better than his.   Great job getting sucked in.  If what you say is true, I guess you can look forward to the same negative consequences.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @fire26la I sure as hell hope you are referring to JoeArpaioFan because not only will I agree with your comment, I will offer you a shot of my rum.

 

 

narizona
narizona

 You know he's taking some kind of shit whether it be drugs or not ....cant tell,I must have hit a tender spot with him .....He hopes I get run over by a bus! Gotta give the kid an E for effort and a D for dumb shit ,too bad he cant get involved  in a worthwhile cause.lot of energy for sure .probobly bath salts  and sniffing his daddy's butt crack!.Yeah you jaf!

LoneWolf
LoneWolf

 @JoeArpaioFan  @Cozz When Penzone wins come Nov. The next thing we know, you'll be running scared down back to Mexico where you belong. It will "adios" time for you.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

 @JoeArpaioFan  sadly disappointed! That's what your boyfriend says everytime you pull out your miniscule penis. redneck nose.

 

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @Flyer9753  I've never wished harm to another person, ever.  It's become obvious why you left law enforcement.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan  A few minutes with a few war veterans will change your mind.

 

That is, when all those war veterans mop the floor with your sorry ass.

david_saint01
david_saint01

 @JoeArpaioFan  @danzigsdaddy lmao he was a far better man than you will ever be.  He fought for his country...you hide behind some bullshit name and talk out of your ass daily. 'nuff said

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @MaskedMagician1967 Looking for enlightenment from Wikipedia is swimming in shallow water.

 

I would venture to guess that honesty and integrity are some of those 13 virtues you "follow."  Stop being a hypocrite and try practicing those virtues.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @youproductsucks Do yourself a favor Rachel and google Benjamin Franklin.

 

Find the Wikipedia page.

 

Find the 13 virtues.

 

Read them and become enlightened.

 

Then, STFU. I have better things to do than waste my time on you.

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @MaskedMagician1967 I call bullshit.

 

You've proven to be a habitual liar.  Stop exploiting others for sympathy on the backs of legitimate victims of sex crimes. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @fire26la All I do is follow what Ben Franklin's 13 virtues. You can google him and find his Wikipedia page. It's there that you'll find the 13 virtues, what they are and what they meant to Franklin.

fire26la
fire26la

I commend people like you..People that at the end show love for others is what's its all about..Why spew hatred towards others we are all sharing this same life..Thanks for the shot!! I can tell you are a better person its sad that many choose to turn their anger towards others in society..I actually feel bad for JoeArpaioFan he must be a very sad soul..I pity his family..

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @fire26la I will pour you a shot of my rum.

 

I suffered greatly as a kid (I survived being homeless and starvation, and I was molested by a convicted child molester who escaped from prison) and I have no anger for normal people and a shitload of hatred for the Flaccid Fraud of MCSO.

 

I pour what's left of my shattered life into making myself a better person, just like Benjamin Franklin did almost 300 years ago.

fire26la
fire26la

Of course I am referring to JoeArpaioFan he is a worthless body in this wonderful place called earth..He must have suffered greatly as a kid for him to have so much anger for normal people and love for such an awful man like Arpaio..

Bnbk
Bnbk

 @youproductsucks  @Flyer9753

 While I can't recall you ever wishing harm to anyone in any of your comments,some of your comments are rather puzzling.....Can you explain, "it's become obvious why you left law enforcement" ?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967  @youproductsucks 

 

You are probably right Masked.

 

Next time I will slow myself down by using only 1 finger to type, just for her

 

Care to guess which one??? :)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @Flyer9753  @youproductsucks Flyer, YPS here is Rachel Alexander. I think you typed too fast for her to catch up to you.

 

As for you Rachel (aka YPS): You once claimed to post objectively. But all you've done is talk out of both sides of your mouth.

 

Perhaps when you start taking your meds for the voices in your empty head and start posting factually people will start taking you seriously.

 

 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @youproductsucks 

 

Why? Are you looking to get thrown out for gate crashing again since you are too cheap to buy a ticket?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @youproductsucks 

 

I don't consider them to be offensive so no it is not selective enforcement. If you consider them to be offensive, you are welcome to use the tools available to you as well if you do consider them that way.

 

This conversation is over, you are going to hound this and pick it apart till time ends since you have no life and spin things to make your argument just for the sake of making an argument.

 

Enjoy, have fun, I'll await your suing me for libel since I will surely need something to wipe my ass with that day and your lawsuit would be the perfect thing to use.

 

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @Flyer9753 To all, whenever JAF and YPS post such offensive material as this, wishing harm on others or wishing a body rot in a grave, etc... truly offensive and disgusting content, start using the 'FLAG' function at the bottom of posts.

 

I did not specifically call you out for making the rotting or dead comments, I said either one of you, meaning you OR JAF.

 

You said AND in your first statement, you said OR in the second.  Either way, you are inferring I made such comments.

 

You are so strongly opposed to the offensive and disgusting remarks made by myself and/ or JAF yet make no mention of the truly offensive remarks made by greenhornet and allan bartlett.  selective enforcement perhaps?

 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @youproductsucks 

 

Oh and BTW

 

Congrats on FINALLY getting something right, that I would not apologize to you.

 

You were right in that prediction although once again you were wrong as to the reason why.

 

Also, you make wild assertions all the time on these blogs and you never apologize for them so you have zero leg to stand on demanding it from someone else.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @youproductsucks  @Flyer9753 

 

Let's be specific here.

 

The assertion I made was when you or JAF make "truly offensive and disgusting" comments.

 

I did not specifically call you out for making the rotting or dead comments, I said either one of you, meaning you OR JAF.

 

I DID state that when either one of you make such "truly offensive and disgusting" comments you should be flagged

 

I was in no way specific to you as to what you specifically said.

 

I will not apologize to you since I have nothing to apologize for, you have made what I consider to be "truly offensive and disgusting" comments therefore my statement is valid.

 

If you feel otherwise and that I have 'libeled' you, sue me.

 

Good luck with that.

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @Flyer9753 You made the wild assertion.  Back it up with evidence to support your claim or apologize for making a foolishly inaccurate statement.  

 

I'll bet you'll do neither for there I have never made such a statement so there is no evidence to support your libelous remarks and you have proven you lack integrity.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @danzigsdaddy  As I said, all those war vets would mop the floor with JAF's sorry ass.

 

I, too, served in the Army and know what it means to take the oath of office and fight for our country.

 

JAF would not stand a chance against battle hardened war vets.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967  @JoeArpaioFan a vote for joe is telling America, and its citizens to F@#$- off. voting for joe is saying that rape and child molestation are okay in your book, and that there is no such thing as law and order.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967  i am a vet, and i assure you, no respectable vet would allow that piss-ant little girl in the same room. marty atencio was a vet and we stand up for each other. joe claims the military has it just as bad as the people in his jails, and he not only proves it, but proves his contempt for the armed services and those who have served by the treatment of marty and the unfortunate death of marty. joe claims to be defending this county and standing up for america. HOW? by killing and mistreating those who have valiantly putting their lives on the line for this country? by that action alone, Joe has proven he is NOT for america or the people who have fought for it. there were at least 20 people involved in the death (and after death party they held in the hall afterwards) of marty. if Joe was serious in any way about defending the law or his battle for saving america, those 20 some people would be sitting in his jail getting the same treatment they doled out to marty.

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