SPRENGER DEFEATS A RICO CLAIM IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT

Plaintiffs, a group of Orange County bail bondsmen, alleged that the Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Department used high-ranking gang members (“shot-callers”) to maintain order and facilitate the operation of the Orange County Jails. Plaintiffs alleged that as part of this scheme, the shot-callers were permitted to steer newly arrested inmates to certain bail companies in exchange for “kickback” incentives, which were then used to Continue reading

LBAC PREVAILS IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT IN AN ELEVENTH AMENDMENT IMMUNITY CASE

Plaintiff John Zabasky alleged that the District Attorney’s Office wrongfully re-filed criminal charges against him in an effort to assist American International Group, Inc. and American Home Insurance Co. in gaining a strategic advantage in a prior civil lawsuit. Plaintiff alleged his civil rights were violated under § 1983 and sought to recover the costs of defending against the criminal action, the loss of value to his Continue reading

LBAC WINS TASER CASE FOR ORANGE COUNTY

This case arose from a report of suspected battery. When deputies responded to the scene, they found the plaintiff, Joshua Radwan, and his crying girlfriend. The deputies separated Plaintiff and his girlfriend, based upon suspicion of physical abuse. Deputies searched Plaintiff and found a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Deputies searched his vehicles and located three knives. A criminal history check Continue reading

ANOTHER VICTORY IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT

Plaintiff, an inmate at the Theo Lacy Jail Facility in Orange County California, was involved in a scheme to smuggle messages and contraband between inmates at the jail. As several deputies began a search of inmates, Plaintiff ran from the deputies and threw a packet containing heroin, tobacco, and messages underneath a door. When Plaintiff resisted the deputies’ attempts to restrain him, the deputies used pepper Continue reading

ALLEN ARGUES AND WINS BEFORE NINTH CIRCUIT

Plaintiff Mortimer was a detainee at the Los Angeles County Jail pending trial on a rape charge. On August 14, 2000, Mortimer was acquitted by a jury and released from jail twenty nine hours after the entry of a court order authorizing his release. Plaintiff subsequently sued Sheriff Leroy Baca claiming a policy or custom of deliberate indifference which caused a violation of his constitutional right to be Continue reading