Government settles with deported US citizen

AP News
Posted: Oct 05, 2012 4:23 PM
Government settles with deported US citizen

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers say the federal government has agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a mentally disabled U.S. citizen who was deported to Mexico and spent four months wandering Central America.

Court documents show that a federal judge in Georgia issued an order dismissing the case this week after lawyers for Mark Lyttle and the federal government said they'd reached the settlement.

Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union who represented Lyttle say he'll receive $175,000 in damages.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman did not immediately have a comment Friday afternoon.

Lawyers for Lyttle, who was born in North Carolina, filed the suit in October 2010 claiming immigration agents manipulated Lyttle into signing documents allowing his deportation in 2008.