Siskiyou County pays to settle 2009 wrongful death suit

Skye Kincaid,, June 6, 2012
The family of a 29 year old man who committed suicide while an inmate at Siskiyou County Jail in 2009 will receive $1.6 million in a court settlement that should be finalized this week. Siskiyou County paid $1.2 million and the state paid $400,000 to settle the wrongful death case, which was brought by Matthew Anderson's mother, Mineko Swezey of Canyonville, Ore., according to her attorney Michael Haddad of Oakland. ... Haddad said, "Matthew Anderson's death at age 29 was easily preventable. If either the state or the county defendants had simply obeyed their constitutional duties, Matthew would still be alive today."

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