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County settles wrongful death suit; claim against EPD, sheriff's office stems from 2007 in
Times-Standard
Today, a jury awarded Martin Cotton's family $4.5 million for his wrongful death at the hands of Eureka police. Not surprisingly, District Attorney Paul Gallegos issued a report after the death indicating there was insufficient evidence to determine how Cotton sustained the injuries and that he consequently could not file criminal charges against anyone for causing Cotton's death. Nancy Delaney, who represented the cops in the civil suit, said she expected a favorable outcome for the city of Eureka - even after the County settled with the family to avoid facing the civil trial. Wonder what she thinks now.

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