10 Sep John Doe v. Autauga-Elmore Mental Retardation, et al.
AUTAUGA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGEMENT OF $5,000,000
A mentally retarded man was sexually abused by his caregiver, Phillip Hamilton. Hamilton pled guilty to sexual abuse charges and was sentenced to five years in prison. Hamilton was employed by Autauga-Elmore Mental Retardation. Autauga-ElmoreMental Retardation paid an undisclosed amount to settle the claims made against it. The judgment entered against Hamilton included $1,000,000 in compensatory damages and $4,000,000 in punitive damages. The circuit clerk told the press that the award could be the highest ever in Autauga County. He said “if it’s not the highest, it has to rank among the highest. It’s certainly the highest I’ve seen…and I don’t recall ever hearing about a judgment that large before I came into office.”