Officials dismissed from wrongful death lawsuit
LIVINGSTON - A federal judge dismissed Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard and parish government as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by parents of an inmate who died after a fight in the jail in June 2012.
35-year-old Darrin Norton, died while in custody at the Livingston Parish Detention Center following a struggle with jail guards.
His parents sued the jail, Ard and Livingston Parish government claiming their son died from guards' use of excessive force and failure to render aid after the altercation.
U.S. District Judge James J. Brady said Ard and the parish cannot be held liable, under law, for the actions of their subordinates.
Brady also ruled Norton's parents failed to provide enough facts showing Ard showed indifference in Norton's medical treatment.
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