Nashville Settles Lawsuit with Shackled Mom
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —An undocumented immigrant shackled to a hospital bed while she gave birth will get a $490,000 settlement from the city of Nashville. The woman was under arrest at the time following a traffic stop.
The Tennessean reported that the Metro Council approved the agreement yesterday 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.