The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit recorded an appeal Monday that was filed by the attorneys representing Fremont County in a lawsuit filed by a former detention center detainee, but it was after a settlement conference ended with no compromise.
A jury in federal court in Denver awarded Carolyn O’Neal $3.6 million April 10 after deputies in 2014 “entered her apartment, threatened to tase her, handcuffed and unlawfully arrested her without her consent, a warrant, exigent circumstances, or any other legally valid basis.”
The parties agreed to a settlement conference that was conducted May 3. According to the motion, after about three hours into the negotiations, “it became clear that the defendant’s hard and fast top-dollar in the negotiations was millions of dollars less than the jury verdict. … The settlement conference abruptly concluded with no apparent progress.”