State gives initial OK to $1.4 million for lawsuit settlements


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State lawmakers have initially agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle two lawsuits against the state, including a case involving a homicide.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would pay $990,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against the California National Guard that stems from a 2007 incident in which a staff sergeant murdered a pregnant employee of the guard at the Culver City Armory.


The killer, who was allegedly the father of the unborn child, is serving life in prison.

The lawsuit was filed by the murdered woman’s mother, according to a report prepared by legislative staff for SB 124.

In the second case, the state would pay $432,000 in legal fees incurred by a group of parents who successfully sued then-schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell to challenge the termination of CalWorks child-care services as part of the 2010 budget.


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— Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento