Law Firm Client Obtains $150,000 Damages Award for Police Negligence

Victoria Walker (icymocha5150) on Myspace

Good news. The Law Offices of Alexander Ransom, PLLC., obtained a $150,000.00 settlement against Island County in a police misconduct lawsuit.

As reported in the South Whidbey Record, the 2006 incident was one of the biggest scandals in memory for the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Client Victoria Walker was held against her will and assaulted by a friend at his parent’s cabin. She called 911 from the cabin two times. The sheriff deputy who was dispatched to the 911 call merely knocked on the door, talked to Victoria’s friend and departed the scene without speaking to Victoria at all. In short, the deputy failed to adequately respond. Ms. Walker eventually escaped from the cabin and contacted authorities. The deputy was terminated from employment.

Mr. Ransom filed a public disclosure request seeking all information regarding the case. He obtained police reports, internal investigation reports, an arbitration decision, and a past disciplinary notice given to the deputy for similar failures to respond. Mr. Ransom also filed a Notice of Claim against Island County claiming police negligence.

The case was resolved through out-of-court negotiations with the Washington Counties Risk Pool.

Ms. Walker reports she is “extremely happy with the outcome,” and “hope(s) these circumstances never happen again for anyone else.”

Congratulations, Victoria!  You were my good friend long before you were my client. I cherish our memories. Ride or die 4-evah!

Please contact my office if you, a friend or family member are charged with a crime. Hiring an effective and competent defense attorney is the first and best step toward justice.