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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Jury clears Lake County clerk in false arrest suit"

An Illinois woman unsuccessfully sued the Lake County Indiana Clerk's office, as reported in this NWI Times story by Bill Dolan that begins:

GARY | A Lake Superior Court jury has cleared the Lake County clerk's office in a lawsuit regarding a Chicago woman's disputed arrest.

Gary attorney Tony Walker said he won a verdict Tuesday in favor of county officials whom he defended in a false arrest suit filed by Victoria A. Ocholla, of Chicago. Walker said Ocholla was seeking $125,000 in damages.

Court documents indicate Hobart police gave Ocholla a speeding ticket in 2007. She sent her payment of the ticket through the mail during the 2008 Easter holiday — less than a week before her appearance was expected in court — and believed the matter was resolved, according to court records.

Ocholla was stopped a year later by Chicago police for a traffic violation, handcuffed and confined at a police precinct station after a records check indicated Indiana had suspended her driver's license, claiming the 2007 ticket wasn't resolved.

Ocholla sued, claiming the Lake County clerk's office failed to process her payment of the 2007 ticket in a timely fashion and was negligent in producing the necessary documents to reinstate Ocholla's driver's license.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 14, 2012 05:01 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts