Fairfield appeals federal order to pay $316,750

By From page A3 | May 03, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The city has filed an appeal of a federal judge’s order to pay $316,750 in fees and costs to attorneys who represent three customers arrested at the In-N-Out on Holiday Lane.

The appeal, filed April 25 in federal court in Sacramento, follows a closed-door session of the Fairfield City Council to discuss the case.

The March 31 order by U.S. District Judge Dale Drozd came after the 2013 civil trial about 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.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • 2realMay 03, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Quit crying and pay the tab fairfield!! Use some of that bail money youve been getting lately

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  • NoCrybabyMay 03, 2014 - 9:15 am

    I'm just wondering, were any of the officers who violated these people civil rights disciplined. The video is on YouTube so we know exactly what happened. I John Mraz blaming the victims for filing the suit? Are he and Moy actually saying this isn't fair? If the officers weren't disciplined then the message the city is sending is that there OK with the officers behavior, it will happen again and again and again because there are no consequences. Get the big checkbook out Fairfield unless you stop the rouge behavior. If your ok with the behavior then stop whining and just write the damn check. Because your going to lose and those attorneys are only going to rack up more fee's fighting the appeal.

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