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State Supreme Court Holds That Moonlighting Officer's Widow Should Get Benefits

By William Rabb (Reporter)

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 1182 | 0 | 26 min read

It took almost 15 years of litigation, but the widow of a deputy sheriff killed in a freak accident after working security a football game will finally see survivor benefits. In a case that cities, counties and law officers across the state have been watching closely, and which could affect the long-standing practice of off-duty officers providing security at sporting events, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday decided unanimously in favor of the claimant. In Mary Orozco v. County of El Paso, the court found that the El Paso County deputy, Ruben Orozco, was in the course and scope of his e...

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