NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS LBAC JURY VERDICT IN FAVOR OF ORANGE COUNTY IN JAIL SVP CASE

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued an Opinion in favor of Orange County in an SVP case alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Rhoden v. County of Orange et. al, Case No. SACV08-00420 MWF (SSx). Plaintiff was a repeated sex offender, and had been convicted of a series of rapes he committed in California and Tennessee in the 1980s. Continue reading

BEACH AND CLARK ACHIEVE INFORMAL RESOLUTION OF CLASS ACTION CASE INVOLVING MOBILITY IMPAIRED INMATES IN THE LA COUNTY JAILS

On March 23, 2015, United States District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted final approval of a settlement in Peter Johnson v. County of Los Angeles, U.S.D.C. Case No. CV 08-03515 DDP (SHx), which is a class action case for injunctive relief brought by mobility impaired inmates in the Los Angeles County jails. The settlement was the result of lengthy and complex settlement negotiations, Continue reading

NINTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR OFFICER IN FALSE ARREST AND MALICIOUS PROSECUTION CASE WHERE INVESTIGATING OFFICER HAD INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH DEFENDANT’S WIFE

On August 19, 2007, Plaintiff called the police regarding an altercation with his elderly father-in-law. When police officers arrived, they saw the elderly father-in-law on the floor in a pool of blood. A broken glass candlestick holder was found nearby. The Plaintiff claimed that his father-in-law attacked him with a cane and that he had struck his father-in-law in self-defense. The father-in-law and mother-in-law told the police that the Plaintiff, without provocation, struck the father-in-law in the head with the candlestick holder. Continue reading

LBAC WINS ANOTHER EXCESSIVE FORCE CASE IN THE TRIAL AND APPELLATE COURTS

In June 2010, Plaintiff’s family members called 911 for assistance with an altercation at a family gathering. Upon arrival by an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy, Plaintiff’s family members reported that Plaintiff had choked his teenage nephew to the point of unconsciousness. The Deputy went to Plaintiff’s home, interviewed him, and arrested him. After being placed in handcuffs, Continue reading