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Atherton Lawsuit Ends

Original post made by Arnie Becker on Apr 6, 2012

The $10,000,000 lawsuit against the Town of Atherton and San Mateo County has been decided:

IV. CONCLUSION

The Defendants' Motions for summary judgment are GRANTED; Plaintiff's Motion is DENIED. Claim 11 of the Second Amended Complaint for "Declaratory Relief" is also DISMISSED.

The Clerk shall close the file.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Comments (9)

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

This ruling was expected and will be appealed.

Who else besides this judge thinks a citizen is not harmed when a police officer falsifies a police report.


Posted by reality, a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Apr 7, 2012 at 4:45 am

Michael, that is a good question. Lets see. Who else? Oh yea, probably Obama but can't think of anyone else.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 7, 2012 at 7:45 am

Reality:

there are plenty of us that think a citizen is harmed when a police officer falsifies a police report. In fact, society as a whole is harmed as it undermines the publics' trust in law enforcement. It is a terrible violation of the trust given to police officers. Unfortunately, the DA in this county hasn't the stones to prosecute the officer that committed the felony of falsifying a report. Fortunately, the interim chief fired his ass. Oh, sorry, I mispoke. He "retired."


Posted by undue process, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

A good warning to ANY Atherton property owner who might ever want to call on our tony Police Department for help in de-escalating an argument over a demand for money from an unwelcome guests who refuses to leave your residence without a check for less than $30,000. This Judge has insured that residents will be, and should be, even more afraid to call the APD for officer assistance for anything more taxing than newspaper pick up or lost house key delivery. Apparently they don't want to be disturbed and may teach any of us a lesson by hauling any us off to jail in handcuffs, just for calling them for help at an inconvenient time that may involve paperwork.
Why they did not escort the unwelcome guest off the owners property instead off all this is beyond me. No one profits from a situation like this other than the the APD's defense attorney in plenty of billable hours at the tax payers expense.
A big loss for everyone else. Win or lose, very brave if unwise, of the home owner to have tried to use the system to protect his rights when it was so stacked against him. Wait! I should say OUR rights.
Now even fewer will ever bother to try, but sincere thanks anyway to Mr. Buckheit for bothering to challenge such a broken system. It must have been exhausting.
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Posted by What a farce, a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

I guess the rich really think they are different and should get treated that way because when a Police Officer didn't give a one percent of a one percenter special treatment, when the Officer treated him like anybody else, just by doing his job, [portion deleted - avoid attacks]

This is the second full exoneration in a row for these Officers and proof that there have been false charges all the way around.

{Portion deleted - avoid personal attacks.]


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

Farce says,

"This is the second full exoneration in a row for these Officers and proof that there have been false charges all the way around."

This is not an exoneration of anything, this is a judge that did his best to not allow a jury to hear the evidence from both sides. You might want to tone it down a notch so that your comments are not thought of as threats in any way. Nobody wanted to destroy the Atherton Police Department they just don't want them acting above the law, is that to much to ask?


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

Farce:

the only farce here is that the APD actually tries to pass themselves off as anything other than a high paid private security force.

The officer didn't "do his job." He broke the law. The supposed "investigation" that cleared him was a joke and not worth the paper it was printed on. Can you say white wash? It wasn't until the town wised up and got rid of Guerra who wasn't qualified for dog catcher, let alone chief of police, that the corrupt officer in this case was dealt with. One more to go.

So now that we've heard from APD (farce) it will be interesting to hear if the town will be smart enough to stay the course with their interim chief and appoint a QUALIFIED chief. That means not promoting one of the local security guards from within to the position. We can all see what having unqualified people in the position has produced.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

[Post removed. Please don't speculate on the identity of posters.]


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

"Post removed. Please don't speculate on the identity of posters.]"

This is funny I don't remember speculating on the identity of anyone.

I just was asking if anyone personally knew the author of this thread Arnie Becker who shares a name with a TV character. This poster has started a thread, he knew information and posted before any media did. This subject is of interest to a very small group of people and has not even been covered in most of San Mateo County media.

Blue is interested, I'm interested etc.


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