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Ninth Circuit Allows Jail Suicide Case to Proceed

February 1, 2019

In a published opinion, the Ninth Circuit has allowed a case to proceed against the City of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Police Department, and individual officers for the attempted suicide of a troubled young man who hung himself with his own belt while left unattended in a holding cell in violation of the department’s own policies. Martin represented the young man, who suffered permanent brain injury and is now unable to communicate or care for himself.