ACLU says Colo. immigrant settles detention case

By the Associated Press | May 17, 2011 | 2:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An immigrant suspected of being in the country illegally could receive $90,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming he was unlawfully held in a suburban Denver jail for 47 days.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that Luis Quezada reached a $40,000 settlement with the Jefferson County sheriff, which held him at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2009.

Quezada reached a $50,000 settlement with ICE earlier this month. ICE acknowledged no wrongdoing by settling the case.

Quezada was arrested for failing to appear in court on traffic charges. Quezada alleges he was held even though a 48-hour request from ICE had expired.

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer says his office couldn't comment because the case still needs to be approved by the county commissioners.