"He lied, and I relied on this," Woelfel told the judge Thursday. "It's fraud by the Jail Authority, it's fraud by Wilson; it would have been relevant at trial. It's outrageous, judge, that people would lie under oath and we would rely on this."
The parties agreed to settle the case through a mediator for $9,250.
Wilson's lawyer, Joanna Tabit, balked at claims that the information in the recently produced file was a "shock" to Woelfel. She pointed out that Woelfel has represented clients in about eight cases against Wilson.
"Basically this is a situation where we believe the plaintiffs entered into a settlement, obviously newspaper articles and reports regarding what happened with [Correctional Officer] Wilson arose about two weeks later, and now they've got settlement remorse," Tabit told Zakaib at Thursday's hearing. "The plaintiffs want another bite of the apple, frankly."
Bill Murray, a lawyer for the Regional Jail Authority, said there's no evidence that jail officials willfully intended to commit fraud. Murray also said the information in the new files probably wouldn't have made an impact on Lusk's decision to settle the case against Wilson.
Wilson, for instance, was cleared to return to work after an initial psychological evaluation found him unfit for work at the jail, Murray said. Also, at least one more of Woelfel's clients gave a statement during another investigation into Wilson, indicating that Woelfel had knowledge of the correctional officer's misdeeds outside of the 374-page file.
"He was obviously aware of the other allegations against Mr. Wilson," Murray said. "There were other things out there that he needed. Notwithstanding all that, his clients came to the mediation and his clients, not Mr. Woelfel, agreed to the settlement."
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