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Legal War Over Mel Gibson's 2006 DUI Arrest

10/12/2010 5:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The County of Los Angeles is asking a judge to throw out the lawsuit filed by the deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for DUI in 2006.

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TMZ broke the story that James Mee -- the deputy who arrested Mel in Malibu and witnessed his anti-Semitic rant -- filed a lawsuit against the County of L.A., claiming he was retaliated against after the L.A. County Sheriff's Department alleged he leaked the police report to TMZ.

Now the County is firing back -- asking that the suit be dismissed -- claiming the assertion that the Sheriff was retaliating against the deputy because he was Jewish is simply unsupportable.  In legal papers, the County says, "Simply receiving a directive to proceed in one manner with respect to a police report cannot in and of itself be considered discriminatory."

As we first reported, Mee was ordered to take out all references to Mel's anti-Semitic comments.

As for Mee's other allegations -- that he was "unjustly" denied a promotion, got a negative performance review and was forced to transfer to a less prestigious station --the County claims Mee's religion had nothing to do with it.

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76.

johnnie    

FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

1442 days ago
77.

akamomma    

Mel admitted to his remarks and the other deputy he called "sugar tits" confirmed Deputy Mee's claims. As for the what is happening to Mee's career now, either he is a loud mouth and the brass want to get rid of him OR he is a substandard deputy and he is being given the full county treatment - just a step before firing. Is he even working on full-duty or is on IOD?

1442 days ago
78.

realist    

@Leelou,

There is a catchy little thing called "Statute of Limitations." This means for a certain cause of action you only have so much time to file a law suit.

Apparently Dep. Mee is alleging discrimination. I am not sure what the Statute of Limitations is on that particular cause of action. It may be as much as three years. And most of the Statutes start from the day of discovery, not the day of the incident.

A personal injury case must be filed within one year of the injury. If the injured is a minor, then you have one year after they reach 18 years of age. Certain contractual issues require three years. Just depends. This is an employment discrimination action. What the Statute of Limitations on this I can only guess. Obviously it is more than one year.

1442 days ago
79.

realist    

@akamomma

From what I have read, Dep. Mee's job performance has been substandard.

1442 days ago
80.

akamomma    

@ realist

Do you know if he is even working full-duty, light-duty or is off on a injury (mental or physical) claim?

1442 days ago
81.

realist    

@akamomma,

No I don't know, and to be honest, I don't really care. He is a whiner, a crybaby, and according to what I have read, is a substandard deputy. He has bucked the authority of his superiors and just is not the flavor of the month.

1442 days ago
82.

Scotty    

Watchdog lawyer Michael Gennaco found that the annual police department report examined the allegations that the Dept. had improperly sought to keep MG's alleged inflammatory statements from review by altering the original police report.
Mel Gibson received special treatment.
When MG was arrested (2006) and transferred to a police station he referred to a female police officer as "sugartits", a moniker on here.
The evening of his arrest, TMZ posted the police report. TMZ is the biggest Mel hater, all members of team mel simply make money for TMZ with comment after comment.

1442 days ago
83.

realist    

Hello Scotty,

time for school again. Here's the thing. the rantings or drunken sayings of any alleged DUI perp, are not suitable material for a report. This is a "Just the facts, Ma'am" issue.
Dep. Mee put those rantings into his report, which was against policy. He was asked to remove them from his report per department policy. He was not, I repeat NOT, asked to falsify his report.

1442 days ago
84.

Kilmerfan     

That is good of you too get her fixed, but poor baby, they are so out of it and with little bald bellies. Well, that is if they are a female :-)

Posted at 6:40 PM on Oct 12, 2010 by Danielle

Oh yeah Max is a girl, at first I thought Max was a guy but the vet said that Max was a female tabby Max loves the name Mad Max so I did not change it.

1442 days ago
85.

Genna    

Watchdog lawyer Michael Gennaco found that the annual police department report examined the allegations that the Dept. had improperly sought to keep MG's alleged inflammatory statements from review by altering the original police report.
Mel Gibson received special treatment.
When MG was arrested (2006) and transferred to a police station he referred to a female police officer as "sugartits", a moniker on here.
The evening of his arrest, TMZ posted the police report. TMZ is the biggest Mel hater, all members of team mel simply make money for TMZ with comment after comment.

Posted at 7:33 PM on Oct 12, 2010 by Scotty

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Scotty; do you have a link that substantiates your comment about Gennaco? The reports I have read stated that Gennaco did not find any cause to believe that any special treatment was afforded to Gibson.

1442 days ago
86.

Scotty    

Genna-

A CBCnews report dated Dec 22,2007
The title is "Police didn't follow procedures in Mel Gibson arrest"

1442 days ago
87.

emerald    

And of course it's no accident it's all going down now right lol?!

1442 days ago
88.

emerald    

I also seem to remember there were claims that Deputy Mee was not meeting standards - so I guess we can't blame Mel after all just Deputy Mee lol!!

1442 days ago
89.

gimmeabreak    

Scotty; do you have a link that substantiates your comment about Gennaco? The reports I have read stated that Gennaco did not find any cause to believe that any special treatment was afforded to Gibson.

Posted at 8:05 PM on Oct 12, 2010 by Genna

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Oh please, who are you kidding?

Even after they released Gibson the Sheriff's department was still kissing his ass. It was a Sgt. who personally chauffered him to the impound yard to pick his car up.

Funny, noboby chauffered me to the tow lot when i got my DUI. Was a Sgt. supposed to? /sarcasm

1442 days ago
90.

Scotty    

gimmeabreak-

TRUE! Supervisors were found to have violated department policy in driving Gibson to the tow yard without consulting the watch commander. They also violated the standard release protocol by not requiring Gibson to give his palm print, OR, sign a statement promising to appear in court.

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