Damages claim from suicide in Jackson County Jail denied by Board

BLACK RIVER FALLS - A three million claim against Jackson County for mistreatment of a prisoner in the county jail which the claim states led to his suicide back in May 2020 was denied by the board by a unanimous vote during the Board's October meeting held back on the 17th at the courthouse.

The claim was filed by the Cade Law Group LLC of Milwaukee and the claimant was Melissa Mouradian in the name of Anthony Mouradian. The claim states that Mouradian "was a known suicide risk, as the Jail had notice that he suffered from depression and was under medication for the depression and suicidal ideations. Despite this knowledge, and despite Mr. Mouradian’s numerous requests that he be placed in a two-person jail cell, as opposed to a single cell, he committed suicide on May 28, 2020. The Jail and its guards/employees did not follow the Jail’s suicide procedures, and the procedures as they existed were inadequate. The deputies, Jail personnel (and the County) showed deliberate indifference to Mr. Mouradian’s well-being, in violation of the Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution."

Board members disagreed after the claim was presented and discussed and voted unanimously 18-0 against it.

The Board also unanimously voted to prohibit the use of private donations from special interest groups, people or other private entities by government, for the purpose of election administration. This was done in regards to the acceptance of monies from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg's foundation for election administration in 2020.

In other agenda item matters, the Board unanimously voted for a resolution which prohibits the installation and maintenance of unapproved, novelty street identification, signs resembling official street identification signs in the county. voted for a resolution which approves a request for a Tribal Law Enforcement Grant for the calendar year of 2023 to be used to partially assist with Tribal Law Enforcement in conjunction with the Ho-Chunk Nation and voted to spend ARPA funds in total of $400,000 to put towards the purchase price of a Pierce 100-foot aerial platform, the cost of which is $1,513,813 to be paid for per capita by other communities under the jurisdiction and protection of the fire department and voted to change two acres of the Official Zoning Map from the A-2 (Forestry and Limited Agriculture) District to the R-2 (Residential) District on the following described lands: On property located in the SE1/4-SW1/4, Section 11, T24N, R5W, Town of Cleveland.

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