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Lawsuit settlements
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Recent settlements of lawsuits filed against Sheriff Jim Matthews resulted in a payment by the county’s insurance company of $110,000 to three different plaintiffs. There are a few observations to be made: (1) the legal system in this country often invites litigation; (2) insurance companies will often settle lawsuits rather than let a jury decide them, which exacerbates No. (1); and (3) it would be wise for Sheriff Matthews, who’s done an enviable job as a law enforcement officer, to be more circumspect in the future when speaking about others. The three defamation suits all revolved around comments Matthews made after taking office in January of 2011.