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Suit against Garfield County sheriff, deputy settled

John Gardnerjgardner@postindependent.comGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado A settlement was reached in a lawsuit against Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario and former Sheriffs Deputy Brandon Pariscoff.According to a document filed on Feb. 19, 2009, the case filed by Danny Martin against the sheriff and the former deputy was dismissed with prejudice, meaning the case cannot be refiled.Martins attorney, Anthony Viorst of a Denver-based law office, confirmed that a settlement had been reached.We have resolved it, there was a settlement, but at this point I really cant disclose the amount, Viorst said Thursday. But we did resolve it to our satisfaction.Viorst indicated that he had not yet received a settlement agreement so he didnt know if a confidentiality stipulation was part of the agreement, that is the reason he could not disclose the dollar amount.Martin filed the lawsuit in federal court in October 2008 claiming that Pariscoff shot him with a Taser twice unnecessarily during a 2006 traffic stop, which Martin claimed resulted in coronary and spinal cord injuries.Pariscoff was fired in November 2007, nearly one year after Martin filed the suit, for reasons including allegations of dishonesty. The lawsuit alleged that Pariscoffs use of the Taser under the circumstances was meant to hurt Martin and was done without regard to his constitutional rights protecting against unreasonable seizures, according to past Post Independent reports. It also added that Sheriff Vallario and Garfield County failed to adequately train and supervise Pariscoff.Pariscoffs attorney, Elliot Scott with Senter, Goldfarb & Rice LLC in Denver, didnt respond to requests for comment Thursday.Sheriff Vallario said earlier in the week that he was aware that the case had reached settlement but did not know the dollar amount or the circumstances for the settlement.In another case, earlier this month the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a petition for review and told a lower court to reconsider its decision to give the ACLUs lawsuit class-action certification. That case has yet to go to court.In addition, the Sheriffs Office has at least three other cases pending. William Brent Huntley filed a lawsuit in February 2007 claiming jail staff ignored his medical needs in 2006, which led to a fall that caused him to lose sight in one eye. Adam Burke, another former inmate, filed a lawsuit in January 2007 claiming he was subjected to inappropriately long hours in a restraint chair after being shot with pellets that release a chemical similar to pepper spray.Lisa Martin, former jail employee and daughter of County Commissioner John Martin, also filed a lawsuit in May 2007 claiming she was wrongfully fired one year prior to that for complaining about harassment and other misconduct. That case was sent back to district court late last year after several of the claims were dismissed by a federal court judge.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.com


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