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Alabama Prisons Agree To $750K Settlement In Suit Over Death Of Farron Barksdale

There are 86 comments on the WHNT News 19 story from Sep 23, 2009, titled Alabama Prisons Agree To $750K Settlement In Suit Over Death Of Farron Barksdale. In it, WHNT News 19 reports that:

The mother of an Alabama inmate who died shortly after arriving in prison has received $750,000 to end her lawsuit against the state.

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WTH

Huntsville, AL

#21 Sep 23, 2009
So if they did beat him to death, now that they've settled then I guess they can continue on doing what they've done before. BS they need to answer these allegations and produce what they've been ordered to produce. I'm sick of the corruption of the corruption of our justice systems here in alabama and I've heard nothing but stories of cops planting evidence, of them not doing anything (i've been a victim of that myself) of the drugs getting out of hand here. This all contributes to this state's reputation and until that changes and the money is allocated better towards education here, it's always going to have the unfortunate reputation that it does. That's a shame, i'm not from here but I can see that the people who live in this state do not deserve that.
AWH

Elkmont, AL

#22 Sep 23, 2009
What an insult to Sgt Russell and Officer Mims families. This woman is being rewarded for raising a murderer. To the Russell and Mims families- your brave men will always be remembered!
TR Elkmont Ala

Decatur, AL

#23 Sep 23, 2009
I guess `MA' got retirement check from the state
and US good tax payers.I hope her blood money will spend a little easier. Oh did he get out of old world way to easy,he should have rotted away in a dirty old cell till hell froze over.
K Penn Sr

Bossier City, LA

#24 Sep 23, 2009
People, the man was mentally unstable and you are passing judgement on him? The fact that he did something awful doesn't excuse law enforcement to break the law.It seems like the dept.of corrections are hiding some criminal violations and they are paying to hide their actions.
WOW

Bay Minette, AL

#25 Sep 23, 2009
I cannot believe the hate here in huntsville. Like another person posted...this mother did NOTHING! It was her son and even though he did kill 2 people he didn't and nobody deserves to be mistreated in prison regardless what they did. This mom suing the state has nothing to do with the other families...it's about her son dying while in prison. God said YOU be the one to cast the first stone...nobody did either did they. Maybe you all shouldn't judge until you are in their shoes. I think she did what any mother would do...protect her child! That is what mom's are for.
KST

Pineville, LA

#26 Sep 23, 2009
It is a tragedy for all involved. Prison officers are not above the law and were not God to decide Farron's fate. His parents are not murderers, and were only seeking for the truth to be brought to light. Typically settlements are admission of guilt on someone's part. The officers and their families will forever be in our hearts and this in no way minimizes their lives or their deaths.
Louis-Huntsville

Huntsville, AL

#27 Sep 23, 2009
I think the $750,000 should be given to the families of the 2 deceased police officers.She should not profit from this.
adfsd

Fayetteville, TN

#28 Sep 23, 2009
K Penn Sr wrote:
People, the man was mentally unstable and you are passing judgement on him? The fact that he did something awful doesn't excuse law enforcement to break the law.It seems like the dept.of corrections are hiding some criminal violations and they are paying to hide their actions.
So giving the family money makes it right?? Dont think so...The two officer's family didnt get anything...They should sue this Mother for money!! They got nothing!!
Traveller

Pflugerville, TX

#29 Sep 23, 2009
I am not surprised by the decision. It is a well-known fact that many of the guards working in the system are on the wrong side of the bars. Most of the contraban that makes it to prisoners is funneled through these armed criminals. Sadly, many of the people serving as prison guards are fine, upstanding, and law-abiding citizens but those rogue members ruin it for everyone... Good for Ms. Barksdale (though I doubt it replaces her son OR his victims) and here is hoping the system finds a way to clean things up to avoid a repeat of such a terrible event. My only other hope beyond this is that the lawyers did not get all of the money and that taxes were paid by the system...
Nancy Jones

Montgomery, AL

#30 Sep 23, 2009
Since when can you pay to release murderers from responsibility?What Barksdale did was horrible and he was sentenced for his crime.To beat an unarmed man to death was a crime and those responsible should also be tried.
Dale McElyea

United States

#31 Sep 23, 2009
I hope she's planning to give what's left after the lawyers get their cut to the families of the two policemen he murdered.
Nancy

Madison, AL

#32 Sep 23, 2009
Who made the incredibly insensitive decision to open this question to your viewing public. This is a horribly personal set of tragic events and should have no way been used by a television station as a venue for commenting on this settlement by people who have absolutely no business expressing an opinion. All of the families involved have been through enough horror and trauma without further exploitation by the press. Next time, take the position you would prefer if your family were involved.
SBTT

United States

#33 Sep 23, 2009
So your saying mothers and families should go around sueing everybody because of what their kids do her son killed two people that was doing their job he deserved what he got yes the mother deserved to know what happened but not to get that kind of money whats this world coming to????
DHT

United States

#34 Sep 23, 2009
Im am not believing this...Why do they deserve that money?? They dont the police officers families deserve that money...that boy was crazy the whole family is for sueing to get that money and they dont feel bad for what he did r what happened to him they just wanted that money he killed two innocent people just doing their jobs he deserved what he got to bad he didnt get to rot in there though he got the easier way out it would have been worser for him to have rotted there!!!
Joanna Black

Decatur, AL

#35 Sep 23, 2009
Please tell the people that this money will be shared with the families of these fallen officers, or all of this money.
DKP

Athens, AL

#36 Sep 23, 2009
Nancy wrote:
Who made the incredibly insensitive decision to open this question to your viewing public. This is a horribly personal set of tragic events and should have no way been used by a television station as a venue for commenting on this settlement by people who have absolutely no business expressing an opinion. All of the families involved have been through enough horror and trauma without further exploitation by the press. Next time, take the position you would prefer if your family were involved.
I AGREE...
Equal Justice

Birmingham, AL

#37 Sep 23, 2009
When will the trial begin for the guards that beat him to death? Looks to me like the state has something to hide.

Whomever beat him to death is just as guilty as him killing the cops.

I see alot of misplaced outrage...
WTF

Columbus, GA

#38 Sep 23, 2009
The systems put into place here in our lovely state of Alabama have failed the Mims, Russell, and Barkdale family twice over the past 20 years or so. I guess no one posting hate to this forum realizes that the Barksdale family requested (or pleaded rather) that Farron be committed to a psychiatric facility before a judge here in our lovely CORRUPT state of Alabama. Guess what the decision was....uh...No...because of the laws that have been passed to protect the mentally impaired regardless of whether or not it has been determined the individual has the potential to cause harm to self or others. FAIL!

Then we place an inmate into the Alabama prison system and our "good ol boy ethics" here in our wonderful CORRUPT state of Alabama killed him. FAIL!

The state of Alabama should not be allowed to settle because it is evident that they are hiding something, and I for one wished that Mary Barksdale had told them no.

How bout it Gov. Riley, let's investigate the DOC just like you did with the Department of Postsecondary and see what shakes loose. I imagine you would be ashamed to apply your transparency doctrine to this state agency.
SKirby

United States

#39 Sep 23, 2009
I cannot believe that this family has profited off two human lives lost. That money should go to the two officers families that were killed. He deserved to be in prison and his mother doesn't deserve a penny.
miller

Madison, AL

#40 Sep 23, 2009
maybe the familys of the police officers should file a wrongfull death lawsuit now the killers family has lots of money.

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