|Published: 8:36 AM, 08/30/2012
Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Two lawsuits-one federal and one state-have been
filed on behalf of David Grooms, who allegedly died a few hours after his
release from the Cocke County Jail in 2011.
Floyd Elmer Grooms, David Grooms' father, is the
plaintiff in both lawsuits, which claim Grooms was denied life-saving medical
treatment while incarcerated, from "on or about" May 19, 2011, when
he was arrested and charged with driving on a revoked license (second or
greater charge), until his release on August 26, 2011. The lawsuits claim David
Grooms died a few hours after his release from jail, at home and lying on his
Defending attorneys Gary M. Prince and John R. Rosson,
Jr., of Knoxville, filed the federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court, in
Greeneville, on Monday, Aug. 27.
The same two attorneys filed the state lawsuit in Cocke
County Circuit Court on Aug. 24.
The defendants listed in both lawsuits are Cocke County;
Sheriff Armando Fontes; Jail Administrator Tommy Large; John Thornton, the
state probation officer assigned to David Grooms; jail nurse Brandi Holt; and
all other employees and/or agents, deputies, jailers, and guards who had
contact with David Grooms while he was in jail, currently described in the
lawsuits as "John Doe" and "Jane Doe" until the plaintiff's
attorneys get a complete employment roster and any other documents that reveal
who had contact with the deceased while he was in jail.
The federal lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for
wrongful death of $1 million, punitive damages of $1 million and damages from
Sheriff Fontes for not less than $300,000.
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