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Mel Gibson Arresting Officer

Bangs Out Settlement

in Jewish Discrimination Suit

2/14/2012 10:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The L.A. Sheriff's Dept. deputy who arrested Mel Gibson during the famous drunken Malibu tirade has struck a settlement deal in his discrimination lawsuit with L.A. County.

James Mee had sued the County ... claiming he felt he was unfairly punished and overlooked for promotions because the County allegedly targeted him as the person who leaked Mel Gibson's DUI arrest documents to TMZ in 2006.

But that claim had previously been thrown out by the judge, so Mee's only remaining claim was that he was discriminated against because he is Jewish.

Now, Mee and the County have reached a settlement in the discrimination case ... forever ending the saga between Mee and the County. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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11:23 AM PST -- Mee's legal team tells us ... the settlement is not final yet ... and is still pending approval of the County Claims Board

Still, Mee's attorney, Etan Z. Lorant, tells TMZ ... "Deputy Mee did not file his lawsuit for money. He filed his lawsuit for the principle of what had happened to him.  He strongly believes in his case."

Lorant's co-counsel, Yael Trock, adds, "Deputy Mee loved and still loves being a Sheriff's deputy. All he wants is to put this employment dispute behind him and go back to his work to protect the public.

Trock adds, "He just wanted everyone to be treated equally and fairly. That was very important to him and he was willing to stand up for it." 

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46.

ELLE    

You can be sued and labeled a "ani-semite" for even using the word "Jew". Now I'm screwed....

984 days ago
47.

fuddyduddy    

Legal strategy dictates that you settle when your case is week. A little bit of something is a whole lot better than nothing...

983 days ago
48.

janet    

Mee, tried sueing the county, didn't work, now he's pulling he's Jewish and discrimination. The settlement is not yet final and pending approval. For what? A cop got his feelings hurt? Principal my ass, nothing but money.

983 days ago
49.

p    

DIDN'T FILE FOR MONEY??? GIVE ME A BREAK. WAS PRETTY EASY TO "SETTLE" ON YOUR PRINCIPALS WASN'T IT OFFICER??

983 days ago
50.

p    

DIDN'T FILE FOR MONEY??? GIVE ME A BREAK. WAS PRETTY EASY TO "SETTLE" ON YOUR PRINCIPALS WASN'T IT OFFICER??

983 days ago
51.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Ok, HARVEY ET AL:

You INCITE a reaction to 'Jewish' in your inflammatory title to this article--and then remove the anti semitic comments that ensue?? Really? Hello! You INCITED, INVITED them.

Think it out. Don't want that to happen?Don't put it in that framework! Stop feeding the machine!! DUH!

Giant brains hard at work....*rolling eyes*

983 days ago
52.

realist    


Cujeaux:
.....May I remind you that this debacle was the direct result of a problem that Gibnuts created. Which resulted......in a payout that would have otherwise gone to the community.


Cujo, If you live in California, and specifically in Los Angeles County, then maybe you have the right to complain about a $50K payout to Mee.


I should think you'd be more concerned about the reported $2 million dollar hospital bill for the Octomom debacle, which was paid off by the taxpayers.


Kind of pales in comparison doesn't it.

983 days ago
53.

Cujeaux    

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Be My Bunny:  56 minutes ago
Ok, HARVEY ET AL:
You INCITE a reaction to 'Jewish' in your inflammatory title to this article--and then remove the anti semitic comments that ensue?? Really? Hello! You INCITED, INVITED them.
Think it out. Don't want that to happen?Don't put it in that framework! Stop feeding the machine!! DUH!
Giant brains hard at work....*rolling eyes*
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You do flock proud Sam. Time to doggie paddle back to the shallow water now.

983 days ago
54.

jacksonfive210    

That cop is a jabroni!! I hope he lost his job

983 days ago
55.

Cujeaux    

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kkg:  4 hours ago
@Cujeaux,

So nice to be missed! Thanks for the shout out. Regarding Officer Mee and his settlement; it appears to me if he truly was looking for fairness and felt he had a strong case then settlement would have been out of the question. But, since it appears money will be changing hands...... Shrug. Seems self evident.
Kathleen
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Kathleen you forgot to add several blank lines between your comment and your name for added effect. This one doesn't doesn't look like a formal letter or legal doc at all. Slipping?


I know it's flock's job to make it appear as though a sheriff's deputy would have an unlimited cash flow to take on a corrupt justice system (from top to bottom) and a mega rich alcoholic actor bent on reclaiming his former glory (no matter how much it costs him) but don't expect to fool the smart people here. After hearing what that biased judge had to say publicly about the case - which wasn't ethical to say the least - the writing was on the wall. He walked away with his dignity and enough to pay his lawyer. It's too risky to put your fate in the hands of a CA jury. Only the uninformed bigots (as you see here) have the time to sit there and not listen.

983 days ago
56.

Belinda    

So ... if it’s true that the settlement is for 50,000 and officer Mee did not file for money, can we expect to see officer Mee donate this money to charity. If he really did file for ‘ principle ‘, then this money should not even be considered. On priniciple ... he should give it up to charity ... like let’s say a policemen’s charity, like one that helps policemen who have actually been injured on the job.


Come on ... officer Mee ... be a mench!

983 days ago
57.

Belinda    

Gee Cujo ... you sure are touchy today!

983 days ago
58.

realist    

Cujo,


You don’t get it at all about the legal system and how it works.


Mee’s attorneys took this on a contingency. Meaning they get a cut of whatever the settlement or jury award was. The usual is 1/3 plus costs, unless they go to trial, then it’s anywhere from 40 to 50 percent, plus their costs.


When someone demands a jury trial, they have every intention of going to trial. How else to expose all the corruption and dirty dealing that you claim haunt this man?


To settle, literally on the day jury selection is supposed to begin, and for tuppence, means a weak case. And Mee would not be the first person to conceal relevant facts from his attorney, like his work history prior to the 2006 arrest.


So cry baby Mee got passed over for promotions. Do you honestly believe he is the only deputy that this has happened to? He chose to make an issue out of this because he was pissed off that the arrest of his lifetime, his big claim to fame, ended up tasting like ashes in his mouth, because he KNEW better than to include a drunk’s alleged rambling statements in his report. It was personal, it’s always been personal.


I’ve told this story before and I’ll tell it again. In 2010 I was at a social function where I met a deputy from the LASD. I merely mentioned Mee’s name, and was blown away by the immediate, vehement response that Mee was an *******. I didn’t press for details.


You can defend Mee until Rapture; you can claim all sorts of conspiracies, corruption, dirty dealings, dirty money, and that Mel Gibson is responsible for his employment problems all you want to. It will never change the fact that Mee has made his bed with his fellow deputies, and his superiors. He’s a marked man, and all this bs about making a “point” is just a loser’s way of saving face.


End of rant

983 days ago
59.

Cujeaux    

Realist what on earth makes you think Mees lawyer took it on contingency? Do you know that for a fact? No trial lawyer worth their salt does that for this type of case. Mees probably had to ante up 20Gs to start, and he wasn't going to do that unless he knew exactly what they would be able to pin them on - and I told you already what that was. Whoever forced Mees to rewrite his report to omit all of the slurs (that were caught on videotape) violated federal law regarding the do***entation and submission of evidence of hate crimes to the federal authorities. Mees did what he thought was the proper thing to do having no idea the kind of wrath that he would incur for not sweeping it under the carpet. If he didn't record it he could have been written up as well - especially if they wanted him out. I'm sure he expected that Gibnuts be charged with disorderly and he probably should have. Repeating he was drunk like that excuses him is ludicrous, ESP. Taking into account that he was driving in that condition.


I hope the county doesn't settle and it goes to trial. This way it has a chance of being overturned by the supreme court for misconduct by the judge.


As far as The Rage in the Cage video goes - yes, I would like to see it. I would even consider paying $8, which would be a first for me with a Giblitz film. Would I be frothing at the mouth in anticipation? No. Unlike the flock member who admitted to that (or worse) (I chose to forget) at the sight of the bare ass scene of Gibz in LW, sporting his signature mullet. Those were the days, eh flock? Le snicker, le snort!

983 days ago
60.

kkg    

What Valentine's Day is complete without a little vitriol? At least here at TMZ? Just stopping by to shout a quick; "Happy Valentine's Day!" to everyone. Here's hoping it was spent with someone you love, or at least someone who brought you chocolate!


Kathleen

983 days ago
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