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January 17, 2012
CCPOA deposits reach $1 million in Dawe defamation case

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100602 yolo county gavel.jpgThe California Correctional Peace Officers Association last month made a second court-ordered $500,000 security deposit while it appeals its loss in the Dawe v. Corrections USA case.

A the embedded document below shows, CCPOA made the payment on Dec. 20.

Federal Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered the payments last September as part of a cash-and-property collateral securing the $5 million awarded to businessman Brian Dawe after a jury found that CCPOA defamed him. Two other men also received smaller awards in the case.

While the union presses its appeal, it must make quarterly half-million-dollar payments into a court-controlled account until the amassed money equals 125 percent of the judgement.

A federal jury originally awarded a total of $12 million to Dawe, but Karlton lowered that to $5 million. While the union is trying to get the decision overturned, Dawe is appealing to get the original award restored. Here's an earlier post with more background and court documents.

Thanks to Blog User T for asking whether the second payment had been made.

CCPOA's Notice of Second Deposit


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