MIAMI (AP) — South Florida's Miccosukee Indian tribe has been ordered to pay $3.2 million to relatives of a woman who died in a car crash involving a tribal member.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick held the tribe liable after a hearing Friday for the 1998 crash that killed 30-year-old Liliana Bermudez. The tribe's lawyers had argued that as a sovereign nation it could not be required to pay the judgment to Bermudez's husband and son.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/19nD817 ) reports that the Miccosukee tribe got involved in the case by paying for the defense and controlling legal strategy for the woman who caused the crash. Dresnick said that resulted in a legal waiver of the sovereign immunity defense.
Attorneys for the tribe say they will appeal.