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UPDATE: Metro Council Agrees to $490,000 Settlement With Illegal Immigrant

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UPDATE: (AP) Nashville officials have agreed to a $490,000 settlement with an immigrant in the United States illegally who was shackled to a hospital bed during labor after being arrested during a traffic stop.

Metro Council approved the agreement Tuesday to end the five-year long lawsuit brought by Juana Vilegas. The case turned the national spotlight on Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall's enforcement of a federal deportation law, which is no longer enforced in the county.

Villegas was the subject of deportation proceedings when she started to give birth. Villegas will receive $100,000 from the settlement, with the remainder going to attorneys' fees.

 
NASHVILLE, Tn.-- A lawsuit filed by an illegal immigrant stemming from her arrest by Metro Police could cost tax payers $490,000 in damages.


The incident occurred several years ago when police handcuffed Juana Vilegas before and after giving birth to a child. The Metro Council has been advised by the legal department to settle her case now rather than go to a court of appeals which could award Vilegas upwards of two-million dollars in damages. 

A previous ruling had awarded Vilegas 1.2 million in damages, but the city appealed the verdict. Metro Council now has to decide if they should settle or take the case to court for the second time. 

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