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June 21, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County sheriff's deputy facing criminal charges of trying to destroy evidence was accused in a lawsuit this week of false arrest and using excessive force. The $140-million lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, accuses Deputy George Kluchonic of using "excessive and unnecessary force" during a July 4, 2000, arrest at Emerald Bay.
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June 1, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Huntington Beach police officer involved in a fatal shooting last month that sparked protests outside City Hall was faulted this week by a federal judge for making a false arrest in 1998. U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow ruled that Officer Mark Wersching went too far when he arrested Edward Resek for loudly criticizing officers conducting a traffic stop in downtown Huntington Beach.
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December 21, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge could decide today whether to throw out the convictions of three Los Angeles police officers found guilty in November of framing gang members. Judge Jacqueline Connor has scheduled an 8:30 a.m. hearing to determine if the guilty verdicts against Sgts. Edward Ortiz and Brian Liddy and Officer Michael Buchanan should be overturned because of alleged jury misconduct, prosecutorial misconduct and a computer mistake printed on a police report.
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December 1, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles city attorney's office is asking council members to approve settlements totaling more than $1 million in four more civil cases growing out of the Rampart Division police corruption scandal, according to city documents. The payouts--which are expected to be considered by the council this month--will bring the city's settlement totals in Rampart cases to $31 million.
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November 22, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Approving the largest police misconduct settlement in city history, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted 13 to 0 to pay $15 million to Javier Francisco Ovando, who alleged he was shot by two LAPD Rampart officers, left for dead and subsequently framed and falsely imprisoned. City Atty. James Hahn, who proposed the agreement to the council, called Ovando's mistreatment at the LAPD's hands the "worst case I have ever seen."
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November 8, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL and TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pressing his palms against his forehead and raising his voice, defense attorney Barry Levin, a former LAPD officer, was the very picture of indignation Tuesday as he told jurors the Rampart police corruption case "stinks" and always has. "This case is an embarrassment, an affront to all officers who wear the badge," Levin told jurors who will decide the first criminal trial to arise from the scandal unleashed by rogue cop Rafael Perez.
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November 8, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a $900,000 settlement for a man who claims he spent 7 1/2 years in prison on a false drug charge concocted by former Los Angeles Police Officer Rafael Perez. Although Perez, who pleaded guilty to cocaine theft charges as part of a plea bargain, maintains that the 1992 arrest of Lorenzo Irving was valid, the district attorney's office believed there was enough evidence that warranted overturning the man's conviction.
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October 25, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18th Street gang member testified Tuesday at the Rampart police corruption trial that he watched officers press a fellow gangster's fingertips against a gun that police allegedly planted during a 1996 parking lot gang sweep. Donaciano "Chano" Diaz, 27, wore waist chains and brown jailhouse pajamas to the witness stand.
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October 12, 2000
Attorneys for 71 bicycle riders arrested and eventually cleared of misdemeanor charges during the Democratic National Convention filed claims Wednesday against the city and county alleging false arrest. One of the attorneys, Timothy J. Midgley, said the claims were a procedural step before the riders could sue the city for the arrests and the county for the way the riders were treated at Twin Towers jail.
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October 7, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has set a hearing later this month to decide whether to dismiss about 20 civil rights suits against Rampart police officers, it was revealed Friday. At issue is a 1994 Supreme Court ruling that only people whose convictions have been overturned can sue under federal civil rights law on grounds that they were framed. In an order dated Thursday, U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess directed lawyers whose cases might be affected to appear at a hearing Oct.
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