Weekender Updater: More Woes for Costa Mesa Cop Union P.I.s and Orly Taitz's Latest Lawsuit
The latest possible setbacks for a pair of private investigators accused of illegally spying on Costa Mesa City Council members and the latest lawsuit filed by OC attorney Orly Taitz against Obama administration officials concerning illegal immigrants and Ebola infect our Weekender Updater.
Update: A Jan. 15 arraignment date in Superior Court in Santa Ana has been set for "Boobgate" private investigators Christopher Joseph Lanzillo and Scott Alan Impola. Besides facing criminal charges and a civil lawsuit for the alleged illegal surveillance of Costa Mesa City Council members Stephen Mensinger and Jim Righeimer (as well as trying to get the latter arrested for DUI), the P.I.s who'd been hired by the then-law firm of the Costa Mesa police officers union could have their licenses suspended by the state. The Attorney General's Office has filed a motion on behalf of the Department of Consumer Affairs to do just that. Meanwhile, Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman told City News Service that no evidence has emerged that show the Costa Mesa Police Association was aware that the investigators were up to anything illegal.
Update: A judge has not yet handed down a ruling in Orly Taitz's lawsuit filed in a Texas federal court against the Obama administration over the transportation of immigrants, but that has not stopped the Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady from filing a second suit in the same courtroom against an Obama official. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is accused of violating the Freedom of Information Act in the complaint Taitz filed Dec. 18 in Judge Andrew S. Hanen's courtroom the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville. Specifically, Taitz claims Burwell is withholding evidence she needs in her suit filed in Hanen's court July 14 against Burwell, President Barack Obama, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector. That case took issue with presumed illegal immigrants having been transported by the Border Patrol from Southern Texas to California on ground that they may spread scabies, tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, swine flu, dengue fever, the Ebola virus and lice. When Taitz first went before Hanen, he told her she had to show how she was harmed by this, so the plaintiff filed court documents claiming she may have contracted enterovirus-68, a rare respiratory virus, due to having treated illegal-immigrant patients in her dentistry practice. But by the time trial began, Taitz instead fixated on Ebola, prompting a government witness for the defense to offer there have been no known cases of an iilegal immigrant bringing the deadly virus into the United States nor no known cases of Ebola in Mexico at that time. In the newest suit, Burwell is accused of failing to hand over Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information concerning quarantines, including orders issued for Ebola patients or people exposed to the virus; all quarantine orders related to tuberculosis that have been issued from 2012 to the present; the number of Ebola cases expected by January 2015; and any and all documents relating to quarantine for rabies. That's contained in a report by the Valley Morning Star's Emma Perez-Trevino, who has been all over these cases and adds this: Hanen has set a March 31 initial conference for the second suit.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Orange County, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.