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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Harvard Westlake: LAPD hit with attorney's costs

Reader tip: There is an Archive for the HW articles.

In what may be a precedent for the HW litigation, LAPD in another case is hit with attorney costs. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper finds LAPD concealed files/failed to turn over records.

Perhaps setting the tone for the Caplin's settlement and damages, in an unrelated case LAPD has been hit with damages in Federal Court.

To be clear, the case has nothing to do with Caplin's Harvard Westlake lawsuit. But the precedent is clear: LAPD has been hit with the attorney's costs.

U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper is in Federal Court, while the Caplins have filed in the LA Superior Court.

Here's the issue with LAPD and Harvard Westlake: If the LAPD is found to have been working with the LA District Attorney to not review the HW issues, then the current oversight issues are only going to mushroom.

The fines in this unrelated case related to LAPD not turning over files to the plaintiffs. It doesn't appear as though this has occurred in the Harvard Westlake Litigation.

LAPD likes kids

Why didn't the LAPD take the Caplin accusations seriously the first time?

Well, the answer appears to be that the allegations against Harvard Westlake [hate crimes, misconduct, inappropriate supervision, negligence] are what LAPD engages in all the time.

There's no reason to expect LAPD or the FBI to have looked into the issues in their current structure.

Fortunately, the Caplins decided to bring a civil suit.

It remains to be understood whether there's been a cover-up like we've seen in the other incidents involving LAPD.

Will LAPD officers face arrest for their failure to investigate the Harvard Westlake accusations the first time?


In a sign of what may face the Caplins in re settlement with the LAPD, the Los Angeles City council has rejected a settlement agreement of $18M in the Notrious B.I.G. case.

E-Online reports the Court's opinions of the evidence suppression: "this was a deliberate concealment of information," Cooper said. "Some sanction at this stage appears very appropriate."Ref

The family filed a motion for $21.M in attorney costs.

There was a mistrial when "city attorneys and the LAPD failed to provide key documents that linked two crooked cops now behind bars to the crime."

". . . family also claimed that Biggie's civil rights were violated because the LAPD purportedly knew about threats against him and failed to adequately protect him when he came to town for the party. "

This means, given the family's allegations and lack of settlement, that the case goes to trial and more discovery: "family vows to press ahead with a new lawsuit that will expand the scope to include details from recently unearthed evidence."

In re: Evidence, suppresion and/or allegedly failing to respond to requests for assistance, will we find a fact pattern in the B.I.G. case that is relevant to the Caplin v. Harvard Westlake?