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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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61.

Young Hanky    

So first he leaks the story of Mel's DUI arrest to the media and now he's leaking details of his yet to be settled settlement. Maybe he didn't get a promotion because he's a d-nozzle who can't keep his mouth shut.

889 days ago
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2idiots    

Good Morning to those of Good WIll (and the flock too) - it's quite early here in Kauai but i can tell today's going to be beautiful (i'll be at a REAL POOL overlooking the ocean fraus).
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Skimmed thru the comments and had to Chortle at "Un-Realist" who implies he/she (Ira?) knows Mee's attorney took the case on contingency (must have been "clued in" by it's "friend").
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I found an article (link attached so Dumb-Bunny Sam wont cluck uncontrollably asking for a link and proof) about the settlement and the last paragraph REALLY caught my attention (this will probably cause 1/2 the flock to a a simultaneous stroke) - It COULD be that once this "came to light" BACA and The Good Ole' Boys decided it was "BEST TO SETTLE" (that's for "SINCY"):
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The Sheriff's Department was criticized for its handling of the incident. The Office of Independent Review, a department watchdog, found that Gibson was given special treatment, including being allowed to leave the station without giving a required palm print and without signing a statement agreeing to appear in court. He was also driven to the tow yard by a sheriff's sergeant

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/02/deputy-who-arrested-mel-gibson-reaches-tentative-settlement-in-county-lawsuit-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lanowblog+(L.A.+Now)
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Le Snicker and ALOHA!

889 days ago
63.

2idiots    

Oh and Flockers, since it "CAME TO LIGHT" (for "SINCY") that Mr MEL "GOT SPECIAL TREATMENT" and some of the "BOOKING AND RELEASE PROCEDURES" were not "FOLLOWED PROPERLY", I'm "SURE" BACA did what he "NEEDED TO DO" in fear of a "FULL ON INVESTIGATION" where "OTHER ERRORS WERE MADE".......I'm "SURE" if the Watch Dog group really "DUG IN" they'd fine more "COVER-UPS and PROCEDURAL ERRORS" which could land BACA "BUTT" in a "SLING"
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I "WONDER" if MR MEL bought LOST HILLS a "FLEET" of LEXUS to use as "PATROL CARS"....If I "RECALL" that is Mr Mel's "DUI VEHICLE OF CHOICE". .
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Le Snicker Le Snort Le Grunt of Mirth and Glee!

889 days ago
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2idiots    


Be My Bunny: less than a minute ago
OMG! Mel didn't have to do the palm print!! You're right, multiple blithering Idiots, that IS just horrible 'special treatment'.
What--you so bored with HI already you need to come psot for entertainment?
Right.....I have this bridge.... :)
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BORED? Not in the least it's just EARLY HERE!
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Sorry DUMB BUNNY but ANYONE who gets arrested has get PRINTED - Mr Mel WASNT and that was department "oversight" ....
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I have to LE SNICKER and LE SNORT at YOUR stupidity...EVEN when the OFFICE OF INDEPENDENT REVIEW found errors and oversight (and noted SPECIAL TREATMENT) YOU try to SPIN IT ANOTHER WAY.....CHORTLING MY HEAD OFF! .
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Sam you should GOOGLE IMAGE OF HAWAII...then you can tell folks you've been here too!

889 days ago
65.

TMZgossip    

they needed to DNA test beater-boi
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It would help them solve multiple flung monkey dung cases in the Mel-a-booo area

889 days ago
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THE BEAVER    


Ira Black: 18 hours ago

61. p:

DIDN'T FILE FOR MONEY??? GIVE ME A BREAK. WAS PRETTY EASY TO "SETTLE" ON YOUR PRINCIPALS WASN'T IT OFFICER??
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Well principals lend one to building a TOWER
But that already happened with TYRONE POWER
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It is either for money, or fame. Maybe Mee wants a part in Mel Gibson's Lethal Weapon 5 movie by show his bad side. Mee could be another bad azz cop like bad cop Travis in Lethal Weapon 3.

889 days ago
67.

THE BEAVER    

That is a pic of Mee behind Mel, right? LOL Mee looks more like he works in your local food store in the meat det as a butcher.

889 days ago
68.

THE BEAVER    

det..dept. Sorry

889 days ago
69.

michelle    

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imo, when it became clear that M.G. would not be further vilified via this latest effort, a quick settlement was sought
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"Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ, "We are looking forward to telling the whole story and the whole story is not being told in this lawsuit. Ethnicity and gender have nothing to do with any of this. An investigation was launched by the Sheriff's Department to try and discover who was leaking official do***ents without authorization. That is a crime." "
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looks like this story will not be told to the public, the thanks must go to officer Mee for putting $$ before honor
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maybe Mee and his lawyers can donate all the $$ to that bankrupt temple
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does anyone wonder why officer Mee has his own links on tmz
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889 days ago
70.

2idiots    

Sam,
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wasn't the flock all upset about the "corruption" surrounding the OG stuff? Yet there was "corruption" with MG arrest....why does THAT not upset you? .
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Hypocritical Much? Chortling!

889 days ago
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2idiots    

michelle: 16 minutes ago
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imo, when it became clear that M.G. would not be further vilified via this latest effort, a quick settlement was sought
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"Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ, "We are looking forward to telling the whole story and the whole story is not being told in this lawsuit. Ethnicity and gender have nothing to do with any of this. An investigation was launched by the Sheriff's Department to try and discover who was leaking official do***ents without authorization. That is a crime." "
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looks like this story will not be told to the public, the thanks must go to officer Mee for putting $$ before honor
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maybe Mee and his lawyers can donate all the $$ to that bankrupt temple
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does anyone wonder why officer Mee has his own links on tmz
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Well Michelle,
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You "COULD" be right but I would think BACA and his Boys would be more concerned about their Corruption Club being brought during a trial (in front of a jury).
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Baca will want to get elected again as Sheriff and if the "VOTING PUBLIC" are "REMINDED" about the "CORRUPTION" it "COULD" hurt his chances of getting "RE-ELECTED".

889 days ago
72.

2idiots    

Be My Bunny: 18 minutes ago
I know it's hard for you to grasp, multiple idiots, but the DEGREE if corruption and what it affected is greatly different.
Haven't you been online long enough--isn't there better sights to see in HI, esp on your fist day there, than to sit and stare at a computer screen waiting for replies to your dumb ass comments?
I think you lie a bit....
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Well Dumb-Bunny Sam, lets see....Corruption is Corruption regardless of how you look at it. What's pissing YOU OFF is the fact that the same corruption that WORKED FOR MEL (DUI)- ALSO WORKED FOR OG (NOT BEING CHARGED FOR "EXTORTION").
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You cant complain about the "CORRUPT" DA's OFFICE then turn around and "EXCUSE" the "CORRUPTION" in Mr Mel's "DUI CASE". THAT is "HYPOCRITICAL".
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As far as you asking if i better things to do....1st let me tell you I'm actually WORKING while here so I have a "REASON" to be on-line and am having a "BLAST" picking you and your sorry "THEORIES" apart. Also, I've been coming to Kauai for years (this is my 6th trip) so there's really nothing "NEW" to see...and BTW my "1ST DAY" is "ALWAYS" a lounge around "DO NOTHING DAY" (i'll lay at the pool and run into town for a few things and that will pretty much "DO IT"). Tomorrow, I'll be golfing in "PRINCEVILLLE" then having dinner at "THE BEACH HOUSE" in "POIPU"....see so i "DO" have "SOMETHING TO DO"

889 days ago
73.

michelle    

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93. 2idiots: 48 minutes ago

michelle: 16 minutes ago
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imo, when it became clear that M.G. would not be further vilified via this latest effort, a quick settlement was sought
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"Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ, "We are looking forward to telling the whole story and the whole story is not being told in this lawsuit. Ethnicity and gender have nothing to do with any of this. An investigation was launched by the Sheriff's Department to try and discover who was leaking official do***ents without authorization. That is a crime." "
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looks like this story will not be told to the public, the thanks must go to officer Mee for putting $$ before honor
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maybe Mee and his lawyers can donate all the $$ to that bankrupt temple
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does anyone wonder why officer Mee has his own links on tmz
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Well Michelle,
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You "COULD" be right but I would think BACA and his Boys would be more concerned about their Corruption Club being brought during a trial (in front of a jury).
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Baca will want to get elected again as Sheriff and if the "VOTING PUBLIC" are "REMINDED" about the "CORRUPTION" it "COULD" hurt his chances of getting "RE-ELECTED".
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hello 2Is,

i hope you're having a good day
i love the beach/water
if you would, give the view a smile for me
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if what you say is true; i would have hoped that, as a selfless defender of all that is good and just, officer Mee would have stuck to his guns against this "CORRUPTION"
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how does accepting a settlement serve justice
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889 days ago
74.

Cujeaux    

2is - ANOTHER "SLAM DUNK" my friend! I knew you could pull it off. I think flock needs some time to "REGROUP" again, so I'll just look over the pickins from last night and comment on the "BOSS HOGG" of "MELIBOO" in a bit.... (miss ya Sincy).

889 days ago
75.

Cujeaux    


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kkg:  15 hours ago
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
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Get your freak on Kathleen @@ (eye roll).


Life is like a box of chocolates, eh Kathleen? ESP. when it comes to Giblitz. You never know what your going to get!

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