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Hodges settles revenge attack lawsuit against Sheriff’s Department for $625,000.00

Our firm is pleased to announce the resolution of the federal lawsuit filed on behalf of our client Robert Bryant.  We are relieved for our client to bring the civil matter to a close.

Our client, Robert Bryant, was involved in what some might call a scuffle with an off-duty Madison County Sheriff Deputy named Justin Watson.  Watson grabbed our client after mistakenly believing that Robert was making “catcalls” at his girlfriend.  Watson got punched out and embarrassed.  Instead of learning a tough lesson, Watson announced to all that would hear him that he was a sheriff’s deputy and that he would get Robert for this.

Unwilling to take on our client alone, Watson plotted for a few weeks while gathering a posse of deputies.  This group of deputies gathered at a rendezvous point before swarming Robert on a dark rural road.

One deputy pulled Robert over for an “improper lane change.”  Our client cooperated with the deputy, got out of the truck upon instruction, and was punched in the face and beaten severely by several deputies on the side of the road.  They knocked his teeth out, beat him with a billy club, handcuffed him, and used a tazer on his back AFTER he was choked to the point of losing consciousness.  The articles below include pictures of the beating.  Even worse, these “peace officers” had the audacity to charge him with assault and the made up improper lane change.

Our firm was able to get the meritless criminal charges dropped and filed suit in federal court along with co-counsel Hank Sherrod.  Hank is a bright lawyer that we wanted on the team for this case.  The Defendants in the lawsuit requested that the case go into mediation.  The case settled shortly after mediation for $625,000.00  Even after the case settled, the Sheriff’s department still will not accept responsibility for the actions of these deputies that clearly used their badges to attack a private citizen.

We are truly happy for our client and believe that we achieved justice for him.  We hope that he can use the money from the settlement to move away and find somewhere that he feels safe far away from these deputies and a Sheriff with his head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich.  We hope that this lawsuit will force the Sheriff to address the problems in his department.

It is difficult for us to imagine not be able to trust those that are sworn to “protect and serve.”  Furthermore, looking over your shoulder every time you hear an odd sound is no way to live.  We also hope that the criminal justice system will fulfill its purpose with regards to these wrongdoers.  We hope that the media spotlight will help this issue.  The following are some of the articles about this lawsuit.

http://www.waaytv.com/appnews/attorney-speaking-out-after-madison-county-sheriff-s-office-settlement/article_f6abf0ee-1929-11e4-93a2-001a4bcf6878.html

http://whnt.com/2014/07/31/madison-county-sheriffs-office-settles-lawsuit-with-man-badly-beaten-after-arrest/

http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/03/sheriff_blake_dorning_and_eigh.html#incart_2box

Lawyers from across the state comment on beatdown case

Our firm is very pleased for our client and very proud of the job done by Jeremiah and co-counsel Hank Sherrod of Florence.  It was a difficult case and we believe justice was served.   Here is what lawyers from across Alabama had to say about Jeremiah and Hank’s work in this matter.  Jeremiah claims he is most proud of the congratulatory call he received from West Africa.

I add my sentiments to those expressed by Tom. It’s comforting to know we still have some Atticus Finches among us. Hank and Jeremiah, I stand in awe of you guys. You’ve made us all take a look at ourselves and ask if we would have had the courage to stand for justice.  -R. Edward Massey, Birmingham

Gotta feel good Hank and Jeremiah.  It is work like this that we go to law school for!  These are VERY tough cases. America is lucky to have lawyers who will work this hard on a  tough case. Everybody who reads that article knows you convinced everybody involved that these deputies were guilty to get that much money. Everybody.  -Thomas Campbell, Birmingham

Congratulations Hank and Jeremiah.  Outstanding result in a venue that is as conservative as they come! –Joel Hamner, Florence

I just wanted to say congratulations to you and Hank.  I agree with all the sentiments expressed by counsel throughout the state.  The comment I agree with the most, and I think is awesome is:  I’m so happy there are Atticus Finches among us today. –Andrew Sieja, Huntsville

A true victory for the weak among us thanks to the efforts of two strong and courageous lawyers! -Wes Laird, Opp

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”    Atticus Finch.               Good work guys.  -Ernest Hornsby, Birmingham

Way to go Hank and Jeremiah!   Talk about fighting the good fight.  Great job again.  -Brent Jordan, Huntsville

To be the man, you gotta beat the man, and Hodges just beat the man!  -Aaron Gartlan, Dothan

The lawyers that are brave enough, strong enough and smart enough to bring down any police departments are truly the giants among us. The poor are continually abused by the power of government and often times by police on the front lines. While I am generally very pro law enforcement the abuse that I see some police officers and departments commit today should trouble us all. The immunity given law enforcement has created a Wild West atmosphere.  Lawyers are the only ones to keep them in check.  God bless you guys.  -Stewart Springer, Birmingham

That is incredible!  I applaud your efforts and success!  -David Martin, Tuscaloosa

I’ve been following this disturbing story through the news since its beginning.  Excellent job, gentlemen.  -Chris Wooten, Huntsville