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October 12 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Anaheim settles discrimination lawsuit from city's first Latina attorney for $1.45 million

Anaheim and its former city attorney have reached a $1.45-million settlement to end a lawsuit over whether the longtime employee was ousted from her job in 2013 because she is Latina, officials said Tuesday. Cristina L. Talley’s suit claimed that after a 16-year career working for Anaheim’s government — the last four as its top lawyer — she was forced to resign in January 2013 by a select group of council members. By Matt Hamilton — Los Angeles Times


UC’s extraordinary legal battle with ex-Berkeley law school dean

A lawsuit filed against the University of California raises the extraordinary question of whether UC’s efforts to hold the former dean of one of the nation’s top-ranked law schools accountable for violating its sexual harassment policy are, in fact, illegal. The claim comes from Sujit Choudhry, a tenured law professor who resigned as dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law on March 10, two days after his former assistant claimed in her own lawsuit that he hugged, kissed and touched her repeatedly against her wishes in 2014 and 2015 and that campus officials did nothing to stop it. By Nanette Asimov — San Francisco Chronicle


Mistrial possible in civil rape case against NBA star Derrick Rose

A federal judge in Los Angeles is expected to consider Wednesday morning whether to declare a mistrial in the civil lawsuit accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends of raping the basketball player’s former girlfriend in 2013. Rose’s attorney alleges that lawyers for the plaintiff withheld from the defense text messages the woman allegedly sent to Rose that supported the men’s account of what occurred. By Joseph Serna and Joel Rubin — Los Angeles Times


Seal Beach shootings 5 years later: Dekraai still in limbo as case rocks legal system

Two years ago, Scott Dekraai formally pleaded guilty to murdering eight people at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, an act of mindless horror that forever injured the families involved and remains a scar on the peaceful, beachfront community. Today, exactly five years after the killings, the former tug boat operator is not in prison or on death row. By Tony Saavedra — The Orange County Register


San Diego attorney Cory Briggs challenges court ruling that slammed his conduct

Attorney Cory Briggs is asking the state appellate court to reconsider a ruling that accused him of engaging in possible “criminal conduct” in a case against the city of San Diego. In an opinion published Sept. 22, three justices of the 4th District Court of Appeal said Briggs knowingly represented a suspended corporation — San Diegans for Open Government — in a lawsuit challenging a new San Diego tax to finance the downtown San Diego Convention Center expansion. By Brad Racino — KPBS

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