Oak­land coun­cil­woman claims city bun­gled case

Porterville Recorder - - RECORD -

OAK­LAND, Calif. — An Oak­land coun­cil­woman filed a claim against the city al­leg­ing the city at­tor­ney's of­fice botched its case rep­re­sent­ing her in a law­suit filed by a for­mer Black Pan­ther leader.

Des­ley Brooks filed her claim Tues­day, nearly 10 months af­ter a jury found she pushed and punched Elaine Brown and or­dered the city and Brooks to pay the for­mer Black Pan­ther $4 mil­lion in dam­ages, the East Bay Times re­ported .

A judge later low­ered the award to $1.2 mil­lion and or­dered Brooks to pay $75,000 of that.

The jury found Brooks shoved Brown in­side a restau­rant dur­ing an ar­gu­ment over an af­ford­able hous­ing project, caus­ing her to fall and in­jure her shoul­der.

Brooks' at­tor­ney, Dan Siegel, said ev­i­dence not pre­sented at trial shows Brooks acted in self-de­fense and that Brown has a his­tory of threats and vi­o­lence.

The city at­tor­ney's of­fice's neg­li­gence caused "an un­jus­ti­fied award of sig­nif­i­cant money dam­ages against the City of Oak­land and grave harm to rep­u­ta­tion and emo­tional stress to Des­ley Brooks," her at­tor­ney wrote in a state­ment.

City At­tor­ney spokesman Alex Katz said the of­fice de­fended the case pro­fes­sion­ally and dili­gently and that Brook's claim is "full of in­ac­cu­ra­cies and false­hoods."

"It is not sur­pris­ing that she is un­happy with the judge's rul­ing that she com­mit­ted per­jury, with the judge's and the jury's find­ings of fact, and with their $75,000 puni­tive dam­ages award against her per­son­ally," Katz said. "We will treat her claim like any other and re­spond at the ap­pro­pri­ate time."

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