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Brody's father thanks Scott, supporters

The father of Eric Brody, who was struck by a speeding Broward County Sheriff and severely injured, gave thanks Thursday for the $10.75 million claims bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill was one of nine Scott signed into law. Most jury awards against government entities or employees have to be approved by the Legislature if they are more than $200,000. Scott's signature marks the end of the Brody family's years-long political and legal battle.

Here's the statement from Chuck Brody, Eric's father.

“Today, Governor Rick Scott allowed the Relief of Eric Brody by the Broward County Sheriff's Office (SB4) to become law. We are so grateful to him, and to all the champions who helped support us over the last 14 years.

“We especially want to thank Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who made Eric’s relief his top priority during the 2012 legislative session. Our bill sponsors, Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and Representative James Grant, went above and beyond in their support. We also want to thank Speaker Dean Cannon and members of the Florida House and Senate.

“Additionally, we are very, very grateful to our dear friend and Eric’s attorney, Lance Block, who stood by us for 14 years while this issue was debated in the courts, in the Legislature and in the court of public opinion. Lance’s number one priority has always been to ensure Eric was taken care of.

“Today is a day for gratitude — appreciation to all those involved, and especially to our friends, family and supporters, some whom we have never even met. This success brings closure for our family and, finally, justice for our son, Eric.”