Barber v. Lassen County, et al
ORDER signed by Senior Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on 6/6/11 ORDERING, that petitioner's motion for minors compromised is Approved as to the settlement and disbursement set forth Therein. It is further ordered that since John Carroll will Be eighteen (18) years old shortly, that said funds do not need to be placed into a blocked trust account, but may be Placed in an interest bearing account and released to him in Total on 7/31/11. (Becknal, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RICHARD BARBER, on behalf of his Minor
son, DAVID BARBER, BARBARA SWIFT, on
behalf of her ward and grandson, JOHN T.
CARROLL and MONTANA JOE MUNDAY,
Case No. CIV 08-00212 LKK
MINORS COMPROMISE AS
TO PLAINTIFF JOHN T.
LASSEN COUNTY , JOE RITZ, et al.,
The Court has reviewed the Petition for Compromise of the claims of the minor
Plaintiff, John T. Carroll, filed herein by Petitioner Bonnie Bobb, PhD, as the Guardian Ad
Litem appointed by the Court for John Carroll, on behalf of the minor John T. Carroll, The
Court has also held a Hearing with regard to that Petition on June 6, 2011.
Being fully advised in the premises, and good cause appearing therefore, the Court
finds and Orders as follows:
The Court is familiar with the facts of this case, which has been the subject of
numerous motions and determinations by the Court.
The allegations of the complaint are that John Carroll was detained in the Lassen
County Detention Facility, beginning in June 2007, he was subjected to excessive force and
intentional infliction of emotional distress by Joe Ritz as the director of the Facility who
was an agent of Lassen County, California. The allegations are that John T. Carroll has
been emotionally traumatized as a result of the excessive force and abusive behavior by the
facility and Joe Ritz.
John T. Carroll will need counseling presently plus certain funds to assist him in
healing and making a successful recovery from his trauma. Dr. Bonnie Ebethardt Bobb,
the Guardian Ad Litem for Carroll, wants the funds to be applied to the present
psychological needs of John T. Carroll in the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000)
to be released immediately and the remainder to be placed in a fund release to Carroll after
he reaches the age of eighteen.
The incidents that were complained of arose between Carroll and Ritz in Lassen
County, California. The minor John T. Carroll presently resides in Rowlette, Texas and
attends high school and works. This settlement will provide funds for Carroll’s counseling.
Additionally, the Petitioner wants to assure the opportunity of higher education to this
minor child for his future.
THEREFORE, FOR GOOD CAUSE APPEARING, IT IS HEREBY
ORDERED, THAT PETITIONER’S MOTION FOR MINORS COMPROMISED IS
APPROVED AS TO THE SETTLEMENT AND DISBURSEMENT SET FORTH
THEREIN. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT SINCE JOHN CARROLL WILL
BE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OLD SHORTLY, THAT SAID FUNDS DO NOT
NEED TO BE PLACED INTO A BLOCKED TRUST ACCOUNT, BUT MAY BE
PLACED IN AN INTEREST BEARING ACCOUNT AND RELEASED TO HIM IN
TOTAL ON JULY 31, 2011.
DATED June 6, 2011.
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