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…during parking lot fracasAn East Bank Demerara (EBD) electrician on Wednesday received a fine after he admitted to damaging the car window of a man who he is accusing of attempting to run him down with his car.Kevin Hamilton, 34, of 422 “A” Republic Park, EBD, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge of damage to property read to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.That charge stated that on October 2, 2017, at Carmichael Street, Georgetown, he unlawfully damaged one car window valued $150,000.The defendant explained to the court that on the day in question, he was attempting to drive into the parking lot of his place of employment, but was prevented from doing so by a man standing guard at the lot.Hamilton said he was told that he could not park there, but knowing that random persons would usually park in the lot, he explained to the new guard that he worked at the company.He added that he was still prevented from entering the lot and as such, a tug of war ensued between himself and the guard.He noted that in anger he left in order to avoid a further confrontation with the guard, but later returned and exited his vehicle as someone else was attempting to enter the said parking lot.Hamilton revealed that he was in the way of that person and as such, the man drove his vehicle at a fast pace and in the process struck his foot, causing him to receive injuries.Hamilton relayed that in anger, he hit the man’s car window causing it to break.The defendant further explained that he agreed to pay to have the damage fixed, but could only afford $50,000 as opposed to the $165,000 being requested by the Virtual Complainant (VC).As such, the matter was reported to the Police and the defendant was arrested and charged.Magistrate Azore fined Hamilton $75,000, with a default sentence of eight months imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine
By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER Los Angeles County’s legal costs jumped 17percent from $86 million in 2005-06 to $101million last fiscal year, just shy of the record high, officials said Friday. The $51 million in settlements and judgments was 20 percent higher than the average paid in the past five years and 32 percent higher than the previous year. Agoura Hills attorney Robert Nagle, who helped cut the county’s litigation costs from a high of $109 million in 2002-03 to $75 million in 2004-05, alleged in a letter to the supervisors last year that County Counsel Ray Fortner’s office hid information about rising costs. “(We) are very concerned that there is a backsliding into a lack of oversight in the monitoring of legal costs,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “There needs to be an independent investigation as to why this guy was terminated. The decreased costs during his tenure suggest he was doing precisely what he was hired to do.” Litigation cost manager Steven H. Estabrook, who replaced Nagle, said the County Counsel’s Office is working to bring the costs down. “They are making sure the fees we are paying are appropriate to outside counsel,” Estabrook said. “Efforts are also being undertaken to make sure the cases are being properly managed, the proper amounts are spent on settlements and the right cases are going to trial.” In the report, Estabrook said supervisors approved 238 lawsuit settlements last fiscal year totaling $36million. Ten of the cases involved amounts of more than $1 million and contributed to more than half the total value of all settlements. Settlements included $2.8 million for former jail inmate Jose Beas, who was severely beaten by other inmates, and $1 million for the family of Chadwick Shane Cochran, a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death after he was left unsupervised. The supervisors also approved $1.8 million in a case involving a sexual assault by a sheriff’s deputy and a $1.8 million medical malpractice suit in which a baby died. The total amount paid in settlements for the year includes $11.7 million for settlements made in prior years, including $2.5 million paid to attorneys overseeing a consent decree. The number of cases the county took to trial dropped from 38 to 24 last fiscal year. The county prevailed in 15 of those cases. The amount of money spent on legal fees and outside law firms totaled $50 million last fiscal year, 6 percent more than the prior year. Estabrook said the County Counsel’s Office fees and costs have increased as in-house services have replaced some of those previously provided by outside law firms. “The increase in in-house fees is also attributable to upward adjustments of in-house billing rates brought about by annual increases in salaries and employee benefits,” Estabrook wrote. firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The disclosure is expected to be presented to the Board of Supervisors this month, but some have already expressed concern. “Supervisor Gloria Molina is very concerned that these costs went up for another year in a row,” said Roxane Marquez, Molina’s spokeswoman. “It’s a troubling trend in large part because the supervisors have taken strong steps to decrease legal costs. The fundamental reason we insisted that the county counsel hire a litigation cost manager was to get a handle on our legal fees. “County counsel said they heard our message loud and clear, but these numbers indicate the opposite,” Marquez said. The findings come shortly after the supervisors approved a $450,000 wrongful-termination settlement for the county’s former litigation cost manager.