Jury to set amount of damages for shackled pregnant inmate in labor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal jury in Nashville is deciding how much money to award a woman whose rights were violated by police when she was shackled while in labor with her child.

Juana Villegas, who was nine months pregnant, was arrested on July 3, 2008 for driving without a license. While in jail, she went into labor and was taken to the hospital in restraints.

District Court Judge William Haynes ruled in April that her constitutional rights were violated when the Davidson County Sheriff's Office kept her in a leg restraint during the final stages of delivery and refused to allow her to use a breast pump after giving birth.

A trial began on Tuesday to determine what damages Villegas suffered and what amount to award her.

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

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