Sonoma County Settles with Clay Greene for Over $600,000

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    Jul 24, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    Just days before trial was set to begin in National Center for Lesbian Rights lawsuit on behalf of Clay Greene, Sonoma County officials have agreed to settle out of court with the elderly man, who County officials separated from his partner, Harold Scull, after Harold was injured in a fall outside of their home.

    http://thequeertimes.com/2010/07/sonoma-county-settles-clay-greene-600000/
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    Jul 24, 2010 10:16 AM GMT
    The county officials that ignored protocol should be out of a job.


    Bringing criminal charges against them wouldn't be a bad idea either.
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    Jul 24, 2010 11:10 AM GMT
    Time for the Feds now to step in .............. Justice Dept are you listening
    These men's civil rights were violated
    The people who did this need to be punished and certainly out of a job
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    Jul 24, 2010 12:18 PM GMT
    GQjock saidTime for the Feds now to step in .............. Justice Dept are you listening
    These men's civil rights were violated
    The people who did this need to be punished and certainly out of a job


    They were gay. They donĀ“t have normal feelings. There are more important things to worry about, such as, well pretty much everything. Ooooh look there is a squirrel.


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    Jul 24, 2010 2:46 PM GMT
    It is up to the people of Sonoma County to vote these incumbent officials out of office. Even though the county has settled out of court, this still costs the taxpayers a large bundle of money. These county officials need to realize that nobodys civil rights can be abridged in any matter.
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    Jul 24, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidIt is up to the people of Sonoma County to vote these incumbent officials out of office. Even though the county has settled out of court, this still costs the taxpayers a large bundle of money. These county officials need to realize that nobodys civil rights can be abridged in any matter.

    Many governments carry insurance against such judgments, meaning that taxpayers may not bear the full cost of this, perhaps a premium increase. Which the county can cover by letting some workers go, deferring equipment purchases and other savings. And I'm not sure if any elected officials were directly involved, just county employees, and to what extent County Commissioners have control over the operating departments, and hiring & firing decisions.

    An out-of-court settlement typically excludes any admission of guilt, and an agreement not to bring any further prosecution. Although the Federal government would not be bound by that, assuming they had no active role in this settlement, they often will not bring a case if they think there has been an adequate resolution among the parties.

    It would be interesting to see what happens to the county workers who acted like pirates in this. The article seems to indicate that the county to date has made the usual lame response when staff gets caught screwing up: say that everybody is getting additional training, and rewrite a few pages in the policy manuals. Then return to business as usual.