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Skip to comments.FEDERAL COURT IN LOS ANGELES GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT
Posted on 07/30/2002 11:17:09 AM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
For Immediate Release
Jul 30, 2002 Contact: Press Office 202-646-5172
JUDICIAL WATCH VICTORY: FEDERAL COURT IN LOS ANGELES GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY THE CALIFORNIA COALITION FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
(Los Angeles, CA) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, announced today that a federal court has ruled that a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of immigration activists who were beaten while Anaheim police and other city officials did nothing can proceed. On May 8, 2002, Judicial Watch filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleged to arise from the intentional, wilful, and unconstitutional refusal of Anaheim city officials to extend police protection to law-abiding American citizens in an attempt to teach them a lesson and silence them in retaliation for the lawful exercise of their First Amendment rights to speak, peaceably assemble, and petition the City of Anaheim and the Anaheim police department for a redress of grievances relating to illegal immigration.
The case was filed on behalf of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform and several individuals, including senior citizens, who were violently attacked during a peaceful rally on the steps of Anaheim City Hall on December 8, 2001, by pro-Iranian anarchists, communists, advocates of rejoining the southwestern states to Mexico, and other counter-demonstrators, as uniformed and other Anaheim police officers watched, refused to intervene, refused numerous pleas for help, refused to assist in making citizens arrests, refused to respond to emergency 911 calls, and showed contempt for the rule of law. The First Amended Complaint filed on June 10, 2002, named the City of Anaheim, the mayor, the city council members, the Anaheim police department, the police chief, the deputy police chief, and two high-ranking police officers as defendants. The lawsuit seeks general damages, punitive damages, attorneys fees, injunctive relief for the future, and other remedies, pursuant to federal civil rights laws.
The defendants responded to the First Amended Complaint with a Motion to Dismiss, claiming, among other things, that their alleged intentional and malicious denial and affirmative prevention of police protection in retaliation for the plaintiffs exercise of First Amendment rights was well within their legitimate discretion to allocate limited police resources.
On July 29, 2002, Judge Ronald S.W. Lew of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied the Motion to Dismiss in its entirety, thereby handing Judicial Watchs clients a major victory and allowing this important civil rights lawsuit to proceed.
We allege that the Anaheim defendants prevented and interfered with police protection against the violent attacks perpetrated on our clients, much as southern officials allowed a reign of terror by the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction, stated Judicial Watch Civil Litigation Director James F. Marshall.
Each of the Anaheim Defendants took an oath to uphold the Constitution. They should be held accountable under the rule of law for the alleged violations of that oath, added Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.
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He left out "Dog-Catcher".
There is no "humor" in the millions of dollars that Larry "Jessie J" Klayman has pimped in the name of self publicity.
LOL...... Who's the attorney of record? It isn't 'eww' is it?
You reckon JR can start a separate forum just for 'eww' Press releases?
Yep a major victory for an 'attorney' that doesn't win many....... A standard motion for dismissal is denied by the judge and it's a major victory..... uh huh. 'eww' sure likes to use a lot of adjectives to describe his court cases..... Who is the plaintiff attorney of record on this case?