Grand Traverse County has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the death of Marilyn Palmer. Palmer committed suicide in the Grand Traverse County Jail. The terms of the lawsuit require the County to pay $20,000 to the family of Palmer. The figure includes the costs of attorney fees and funeral expenses.
Unable to let it go without throwing salt in a wound, Sheriff Bensley’s office released a statement saying the following:
“Although the death of Ms. Palmer is difficult to deal with, it was not due to any action or inaction of the sheriff’s office…The very low settlement amount is a reflection of the minimal, if any, liability the county faced. The settlement was a decision of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, solely for financial reasons.”