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VISALIA, CA / Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare County has settled for $1 million a lawsuit filed by the family of an Ivanhoe man who died in 2010 after hanging himself inside a county jail cell.In exchange for the money, the family of Mario Antonio Lopez has agreed to drop a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Fresno accusing the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department of wrongfully jailing the man, who suffered from mental disorders, and not providing him proper psychiatric care over the more than three months that he was in custody. … “It was a very early settlement before any depositions were done,” Haddad said in a phone interview. “I think it was clear to everyone involved what the facts were,more or less.”

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