Appeal of $1.1 million penalty unlikely

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The rapper was shot to death in 1997 after leaving a music industry party in the Miracle Mile area. While much speculation has focused on Wallace’s role in a heated East Coast-West Coast rap feud, some have tried to link the killing to the LAPD’s Rampart corruption scandal. Soon after the case went to trial last summer, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper found that an LAPD officer improperly withheld evidence. The judge declared a mistrial and imposed the $1.1 million penalty in January. City Attorney’s Office representatives said Thursday that they will examine whether to appeal the penalty when the case is over, although it is unlikely they will do so. On the substance of the case, the attorneys said they do not believe LAPD officers were involved in the murder and said the evidence error was a mistake by a single detective. Zine pressed the city lawyers on the employment status of the detective and on how the city plans to proceed with its defense. The attorneys said such discussions should take place in a future closed-door meeting because they would involve personnel matters and legal strategy. Also on Thursday, the committee considered the LAPD’s policy on officers holding second jobs, which is being reviewed after a former officer’s involvement in the scandal surrounding private investigator Anthony Pellicano. Councilman Jack Weiss said he thinks the department should ban private investigations and security-related outside work. The LAPD is studying how a ban might work and is expected to report back in a month. Weiss also pushed city administrators to include funding in the coming fiscal year’s budget for more LAPD detectives to track down unsolved crimes. The department has said it lacks the resources to cope with a looming flood of DNA evidence under Proposition 69. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles probably will not appeal a $1.1 million penalty imposed by a federal judge for an evidence error in a lawsuit related to the murder of rap star Notorious B.I.G., city lawyers said Thursday. As City Council members voiced concerns about costs and damage to the city’s credibility, the Public Safety Committee questioned City Attorney’s Office representatives. “I’m just concerned about future liability to the city of Los Angeles and the taxpayers,” said Councilman Dennis Zine. The city is defending itself against a lawsuit filed by the family of Christopher Wallace – known as Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls – that accuses the Los Angeles Police Department of covering up its officers’ role in his death. last_img