Judge Tosses Out Businessman's Defamation Lawsuit Involving Weekly

[Moxley Confidential] And other courthouse news including how lying Fullerton cops tricked a jury

Using the deep voice of a movie-trailer announcer and the cadence of a Baptist preacher a week away from paying rent, Rothans argued that despite police errors (and there were many), the cops acted "reasonably." He dared jurors to compare the credibility of Mam, who was found innocent in 2012 of all of the criminal charges filed against him, to the officers, who tried to send the innocent man to prison—and still don't seem the least bit regretful.

As did Fox, Rothans also tied the Fullerton cops in this case to the "first responders" in Boston, who are "special folks" who run toward explosions.

U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton Tucker eventually told the jurors to disregard references to both Tiananmen Square and the Boston bombing.

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Having covered notoriously pro-cop Orange County juries for nearly two decades, I knew what the two cop lawyers from Los Angeles might not have fully appreciated until today: They really didn't need to break a sweat. This is, after all, a county in which law-enforcement officers can stand feet away from a pretrial inmate being viciously beaten to death for 30 or 40 minutes by a massive group of fellow inmates, absurdly claim they saw and heard nothing, and escape any legal culpability.

This is also the place where a jury let a patrol cop get away with ejaculating on a woman's blouse during a late-night, illegal traffic stop. (See "Illegally Park-ed," Feb. 8, 2007.)

A subdued Mam didn't look too pleased by the verdict. He declined to comment. But Hampton—the cop accused of attacking him for the filming—happily hummed in the hallway inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

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DA SCHEDULES VICTIMS'-RIGHTS RALLY
Tony Rackauckas' Orange County district attorney's office is holding its Fifth Annual Victims' Rights March & Rally in Santa Ana on Friday. The event begins with a 9:30 a.m. reception at the DA's headquarters, followed by a 10:30 a.m. march to the Old Orange County Courthouse and an 11 a.m. rally. Speakers will include victims'-rights advocates Dr. Henry Nicholas III and Rachel Alvarado, who is raising her murdered daughter's two young children.

The first two items were originally published April 22, 2013, on the Weekly's news blog, Navel Gazing.

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