Metro Accuses Judge of Unfair Treatment in Immigration Case

In a brief filed in the Juana Villegas case Friday, Metro Nashville attorneys say that U.S. District Court Judge William Haynes has a “history of an adversarial relationship” with them and that Haynes exhibited “unfair treatment” and an “increasingly threatening tone” to Metro lawyers before reaching his verdict nearly one year ago. The brief kicks off Metro’s appeal in the polarizing case that pitted the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office against immigrant advocates. Villegas is the undocumented and pregnant Mexican woman detained by the sheriff’s office in 2008 as part of its implementation of the federal 287(g) program. She subsequently went into labor and was shackled to a hospital bed in the hours before and after childbirth, triggering a lawsuit against Metro that garnered national attention. The City Paper has more