Toussaint Davis settles lawsuit with Oneida County, awarded $2,000

By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Toussaint Davis, the man convicted of 19 counts of robbery and one count of second-degree murder in the death of New Hartford Police Officer Joseph Corr in 2006 received $2,000 from Oneida County following a lawsuit he filed against the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.

The lawsuit was filed shortly after Davis was convicted.

According to Dave Diodati, the attorney hired by Oneida County to handle the case, Davis sued the sheriff's office for "inappropriate" treatment while he was confined to the Oneida County Jail.

Davis claimed seven or eight corrections officers used "excessive force" with him, and denied him legal documents while in jail, Diodati said.

According to Diodati, he asked the U.S. Federal District Court for a summary judgment motion, saying there was no basis for claims brought against the county. Diodati says the court agreed.

Davis was asked by a judge if he would take a settlement, and he agreed to $2,000 said Diodati.

"The cost to defend far exceeded the cost to settle," said Diodati. "Economically, (it) made sense to settle. That decision came from the county."

Davis represented himself, said Diodati. There were no court appearances, and everything was done through paperwork, Diodati added.

Despite settling, the county did not admit to any wrong doing, Diodati said.

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