Sheriffs Office, Martin see settlement as a victory
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado The settlement in the Danny Martin case against Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario and a former Deputy Brandon Pariscoff was a victory for the Sheriff, according to attorney David Brougham of Hall and Evens LLC in Denver, representing Vallario.Absolutely its a victory for the defense, Brougham said Friday. Im glad (Martin) is happy. The guy walked away with almost nothing.According to Brougham, the settlement reached was for $10,000 to be paid to Martin through the Countys Insurance carrier. Martin initially asked for $100,000. Each of the parties involved are responsible for paying their respective court costs and attorneys fees. Brougham said that the $10,000 is much less than it would have cost Garfield County to take the action to trial.Vallario stated in an e-mail Friday that the settlement was a victory for him and the Sheriffs Office.This should send a message to any one else who thinks they can sue the Sheriffs Office with the intent of winning the lottery, Vallario said. We will not allow these ridiculous law suits to result in someone walking away with a handful of money. This settlement, contrary to Mr. Martins Attorney claims, is another victory for the Garfield County Sheriffs Office.The basis of Martins case, according to Brougham, focused on an incident between Martin and Pariscoff where Martin claimed to have suffered physical injuries after being Tased twice unnecessarily by Pariscoff during a 2006 traffic stop in Garfield County. The only claim linking Vallario to the case was a claim that Pariscoff was not properly trained by the Sheriffs Office, according to Brougham.(Vallario) didnt do anything wrong here anyway and his case would have been dismissed anyway, Brougham said, adding that, Martins attorney Anthony Viorst, Couldnt run away from this thing fast enough.Viorst said Thursday that the settlement was resolved to his, and Martins, satisfaction.According to a document filed on Feb. 19, 2009, the case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning that it cannot be re-filed.Martin filed the lawsuit in federal court in October 2008, nearly one year after Pariscoff was fired in November 2007, for reasons including allegations of dishonesty.Pariscoffs attorney Elliot Scott with Senter, Goldfarb & Rice, LLC in Denver didnt respond to requests for comment Thursday.Contact John Gardner: email@example.com
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