“Mark Scott died a horrible death,” said civil rights attorney Stewart Katz, who represented Scott’s family. “This is one of the worst instances of deliberate indifference I’ve ever seen.”
As a result, Sacramento County taxpayers will foot the $515,000 paid to Scott’s family to resolve a wrongful-death lawsuit in U.S. District Court, a case that Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said could have been tough to defend in front of a jury. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2013, was dismissed March 13 and the half-million-dollar settlement was made public earlier this month. One jail employee was disciplined.