Barbara Zaragoza

Barbara Zaragoza is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

O squeaky clean leader, where art thou?

I ended up downloading large portions of the lawsuit. It's a shame that "anyone can sue anyone for anything" and the complaint can be public record, but the deposition under oath is marked confidential. What I can glean is that the complaint -- whose contents mostly can't be printed because they are rather pornographic -- also become what might appear to be somewhat delusional at some point? The plaintiff claimed that Superintendent Velasquez-while at district offices and in the capacity of a Superintendent--needed to finish dressing into his uniform as the Police Chief of the District. He asked the plaintiff to pin the badge on his uniform. The defense requested discovered documents, tangible things and verification (that is, requests for emails, photographs or any documents that might prove the allegations). On May 12, 2011, the plaintiff responded to most of the twenty-four requests with objections “on the grounds that this request is overly broad, unduly burdensome and therefore irrelevant.” On May 25, 2011 a ruling granted Velasquez’s request to see the full medical records. That same ruling granted Velasquez’s request for sanctions in the amount of $525.00 and $1,137.50 because the plaintiff failed to respond to defense attorney requests for supplemental and discovered documents. The case never went to trial. Instead, the plaintiff asked to dismiss in November 2011 with prejudice (meaning, he cannot bring the lawsuit to court again) and the plaintiff recovered zero dollars.
— February 7, 2015 4:04 p.m.

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