Jury to decide damages for woman shackled in labor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal jury in Nashville is hearing arguments in the case of a woman who was shackled during labor while in Davidson County Sheriff's Office custody.

A judge in April ruled that the sheriff's office violated Juana Villegas' 14th Amendment rights by showing indifference to her medical needs.

The jury will decide what damages to award her.

Villegas' attorneys argue that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems as a result of her ordeal and will need years of therapy to recover.

Attorneys for Metro Nashville claim Villegas' anxiety is the result of fear of being separated from her family.

Villegas, who is from Mexico, lost an appeal to stay in the United States last year, but her immigration attorney Elliott Ozment said she has other options.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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