A lawyer for racist Sacramento County said his side had “valid reasons” to exclude two African Americans from a jury that won’t be hearing the case anyway, since it settled Monday with a $2.5 million award to a black former inmate of the county jail.
U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez announced the settlement the day attorneys were supposed to pick a new jury.
They already selected one last week, but Mendez dismissed it May 1 on his finding that lawyers for the county and three individual defendants – Sheriff Scott Jones and two other sheriff’s employees – knocked the blacks out of the jury pool “because of the color of their skin.”
On top of the $2.5 million, the county also agreed to pay $13,640 in costs “with respect to the jury selection issue,” Mendez said. Lawyers on both sides said it was for a plaintiff’s jury expert.
The settlement must be approved by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. Mayfield also has an additional $2.5 million settlement pending with UC Davis Medical Center, which provides psychiatric services at the jail.
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