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A judge who previously confirmed a $ 8.1 million jury award for a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, said he had suffered harassment and retaliation because he found the accuracy of his coaches' written reports had questioned the MP on Friday's attorney fees of nearly $ 215,000.
Los Angeles Supreme Court judge Susan Bryant-Deason said she took into account the "extraordinary" judgment in Deputy Andrew Rodriguez's case when she awarded him $ 214,800. She also said the number of hours his lawyers had spent on the case was reasonable.
The judge denied the applicant's second request, asking her to refer six LASD officers to the prosecution, who testified in the case of being included on the "Brady List," a compilation of law enforcement officers who: are not trusted as witnesses. She said there was no legal authority to support the request.
District lawyers who opposed the "Brady List" transfer also claimed that the amount of legal fees requested was too high.
Mira Hashmall, one of the district's lawyers, informed the judge that the verdict had been appealed. In February, despite the verdict, Hashmall pleaded for a new trial or verdict, alleging that the jury had not been properly informed before passing its October 4 verdict in favor of 37-year-old Rodriguez.
Hashmall said the lack of evidence in the process that substantiated Rodriguez's allegations of a hostile work environment and retaliation was exacerbated when both the jury's instructions and the verdict form failed to state what level of protection the MP had and what was protecting Behavior he exercised.
However, the judge disagreed and said there was "substantial evidence to support the judgment". She also said she didn't think the jury was confused or that the damages were too high.
Rodriguez, who filed his lawsuit in October 2017, served as an intern at the Industry Station in December 2013 after previous stays in district prisons and as a bailiff at Compton Superior Court and Edelman Children's’s Court in Monterey Park.
Rodriguez testified that his first two industrial trainers, Joanne Arcos and Timmy Nakamura, were involved in what he believed to be unconstitutional stops and detentions of potential suspects that could have resulted in him and the trainers going to federal prison.
Rodriguez testified that Arcos incorrectly told him in a report that a methamphetamine pipe found after a suspect's SUV stopped was recovered from the driver's clothing when it was actually found in the vehicle console.
Rodriguez said when he asked Arcos for her legal justification to stop the driver, she refused to respond. He said he also saw her searching questionable car cases during traffic stops, which seemed to contradict the legal reasons he had learned at the Sheriff's Academy.
The current under-Sheriff Timothy Murakami was captain and head of the industrial station when Rodriguez was an intern there.
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