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Fairfield council to meet in closed session about In-N-Out case

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From page A5 | April 23, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A federal court case in Sacramento, where the judge ordered the city to pay $316,750 in fees and costs to attorneys who represent three customers arrested at the In-N-Out on Holiday Lane, will be the subject of a special, closed session Thursday of the Fairfield City Council.

The March 31 order by U.S. District Judge Dale Drozd follows the 2013 civil trial over the July 4, 2009, incident when four college students arrived at the In-N-Out just before 1 a.m.

Three of the four people filed a suit contending false arrest and interference with constitutional rights. A jury in 2013 found the arrests for trespassing were without probable cause but did not involve malice or reckless disregard for the trio’s rights. The federal jury awarded the plaintiffs $12,150.

Councilwoman Catherine Moy has called for the City Council to challenge the amount the judge awarded attorneys and Councilman John Mraz has said the $316,750 figure is “incredible.”

The City Council will meet at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the city manager. The room is on the fourth floor of City Hall, 1000 Webster St.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 21, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    Mr. Mraz---why is it incredible? Are your cop thugs immune from prosecution, culpability and responsibility or something? The next step will be a motion for satisfaction of the judgement....do you have cash to cover what your thugs do? If you refuse to pay, then the attorney costs will go up even more.

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  • Barack ObamaApril 22, 2014 - 12:24 am

    I think we need to challenge why Cat moy's even on the city council.

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  • Me Fairfield long timeApril 22, 2014 - 5:57 am

    Mraz needs to go as well. Actually all of them need to go!

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  • Danny BuntinApril 22, 2014 - 7:03 am

    You two wouldn't be the Attorney?? Nothing like a sweet payout. Maybe I can get Tom Cruise on the line about a over billing case(Mail fraud)..

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  • Me Fairfield long timeApril 23, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    Maybe the city should have settled this out of court. If I remember they only offered $15k each. If they had offered $50k each maybe they could have cut their (or ours) loses in half. Maybe if PD had cleared everyone at In-N-Out instead of a certain few this wouldn't even be an issue. Just a thought, what has the city attorney charged FF so far & what are they charging to continue this (even just to attend this meeting)? When do tap out & cut your losses???

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  • 2realApril 22, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Agree. Ya moy lets meet privately about somethin that happened at a burger joint. Real important! How about all these shootings and murders? Can u guys meet on that topic already? Fairfield has had a history of ass hat councilman. Frank kardos was a woman beater before hanging himself. John english i believe was his name, was arrested at sac airport with crystal meth. Now we have this group. They are constantly sticking their foot in their mouth. Oh mister wiiilson(spering) leave already. Pam, two thumbs down! By the way, nice hair mraz haha

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  • katieApril 22, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Yes I agree most definitely what about these shootings and murders what about these streets in ff and what is your job again oh we most definitely need Larry b Jr in counsil he does more for this city and these streets then who yeah the people that are supposed to protecting them what a shame

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 22, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Katie, your comments are incomprehensible. Education matters.

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  • Christine in FFApril 22, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    LOL!

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  • Rich GiddensApril 23, 2014 - 10:22 am

    I bet you're enrolled at Solano Community College in the Ethnic Studies Program, right?

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  • FairifeldApril 23, 2014 - 9:19 am

    The case went to court in Sacramento, because it was a civil right case. It isn't the City Council doing.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 23, 2014 - 5:46 pm

    The City Council in CLOSED SESSION decides if they want to appeal judgments or have their Attorney write their insurance underwriters to cut their losses----supposedly based on the facts of the case. If there's overwhelming video, witness testimony, documentation, photos, court testimony that's not in their favor then it's not good and those responsible for the liability and loss should be held accountable. But they are not! These local governing bodies are always indemnifying the judgments against those gov-thugs who falsely arrested, criminally assaulted and falsified reports against innocent citizens----some who did nothing other then complain before City Council itself! Even the Solano District Attorney gets involved in the conspiracy----withholding exculpatory evidence, suborning perjury, committing perjury, altering documents-----all to cover for their pals. AND WHEN THEY GET CAUGHT.....

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  • GettingOutofFairfieldASAPApril 23, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Fairfield is dangerous. This is the least of the citys problems. I am taking my family and getting the hell out of here. There was even a car crash & police on foot chasing a criminal next to The Groves on Sunset/East Tabor on Sunday night and it wasn't even in the news. Par for the course, I suppose. You know you live in a dangerous city when a car crash & police chase doesn't even warrant the attention of the newspapers!!

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  • Rich GiddensApril 23, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    WELCOME TO FELONFIELD-SEWER SOON---IF THE GANGBANGERS DON'T GET YOU THE GOVERNMENT OF TRAITORS WILL!

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  • teddie roseApril 23, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    you are a cry baby. Quit whining about your ghetto hood rat children . If you were not a piece of trash you would not be surrounded by trash. The reason you are in the middle of all that crime is because you made bad choices that put you there. You probably believe the government should pick up the pieces for your welfare household. You should take responsibility for your own lousy children and quit complaining about how " unsafe " it is for them. You are making it worse for everyone because of your children.

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  • Ready2MoveMay 01, 2014 - 12:09 am

    "you are a cry baby." One commentary about a news article is hardly being a "cry baby." Your response to my comment was however quite juvenile in nature. "Quit whining about your ghetto hood rat children." Now you're just making things up. "If you were not a piece of trash you would not be surrounded by trash." Fairfield is generally unsafe. This does not translate to mean that everyone in Fairfield is trash and/or is surrounded by trash. My neighbors are great people. But I don't care for the city in general. "The reason you are in the middle of all that crime is because you made bad choices that put you there." You have no idea why we are living in Fairfield temporarily. Your guess wasn't even close. "You probably believe the government should pick up the pieces for your welfare household." Except I don't have a welfare household, so your statement is nothing but a raging logical fallacy. "You should take responsibility for your own lousy children and quit complaining about how " unsafe " it is for them." Who has lousy children? Speak for yourself, buddy. My child is incapable of causing any problems. I will speak out about whatever I wish. If you don't like it, exercise your right to skip it. Or, not. But I will not be ordered around by the likes of you. "You are making it worse for everyone because of your children." You're literally just making things up. If you're going to troll, you need to do a better job than that! :)

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