$795,000 Class Action Settlement obtained by Goyette & Associates for County Employees

           $795,000 Class Action Settlement obtained by Goyette & Associates for County Employees              On October 18, 2016 Judge Alan Perkins in the Sacramento County Superior Court complex litigation Department granted final approval of a class action settlement in which Sacramento County will pay out $ 795,000 to a group of …

Jury Deliberations in Effect in the Trial of The People v. Patrick Feaster

Jury Deliberations in Effect in the Trial of The People v. Patrick Feaster Following the closing arguments of both parties, the selected Jury for the trial of The People v. Patrick Feaster began deliberations. After hearing the cases of both the prosecution and defense over the course of the last two weeks, the jurors have …

Jury Selected in Trial of Police Officer Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

Jury Selected in Trial of Police Officer Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter Lawyers for the Prosecution and for Patrick Feaster finally agreed upon a jury to hear the manslaughter case against former town of Paradise police officer Patrick Feaster. Mr. Feaster has been charged in violation of Penal Code Section 192(b) (involuntary manslaughter) arising from his …

Officer-Involved Involuntary Manslaughter Trial to Start October 3, 2016

Officer-Involved Involuntary Manslaughter Trial to Start October 3, 2016 The trial of a Paradise police officer, Patrick Feaster, accused of involuntary manslaughter, starts today, Monday October 3rd, 2016 in the Butte County Superior Court. Officer Feaster was charged with involuntary manslaughter related to the death of Mr. Andrew Thomas that arose from the accidental discharge …

Manslaughter Trial Set to Start on October 3 for Police Officer

Manslaughter Trial Set to Start on October 3 for Police Officer The trial for Paradise police officer, Patrick Feaster, is set to start on October 3, 2016 in the Butte County Superior Court. Mr. Feaster has been charged with involuntary manslaughter [Penal Code Section 192(b)] related to the accidental discharge shooting death of Andrew Thomas. …

Correctional Sheriff’s Deputies Entitled to Carry Concealed Weapons Off Duty

Correctional Sheriff’s Deputies Entitled to Carry Concealed Weapons Off Duty             In a significant decision affecting every Correctional Sheriff’s Deputy in California, the Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District (Case No. F071257) ruled on August 11 that custodial deputies under Penal Code section 830.1(c) “are exempt from the law prohibiting the carrying of …

BALTIMORE PROSECUTOR DROPS CHARGES AGAINST THREE REMAINING POLICE OFFICERS

BALTIMORE PROSECUTOR DROPS CHARGES AGAINST THREE REMAINING POLICE OFFICERS             Baltimore City Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby dropped charges against three police officers still awaiting trial in the 2015 death of Freddy Gray – ending the high profile case without a single conviction.  Three other officers were acquitted after trial and a fourth ended in a hung …

Modified penalty for a correctional sergeant

Modified Penalty: From a 5% Reduction in Pay for 12 Months to a letter of reprimand. In early June 2016, Goyette & Associates attorney, Dan Thompson, represented a correctional sergeant who was accused of excessive absenteeism. A penalty was proposed of a 5% reduction in pay for 12 months. The sergeant had a history of …

POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER In February 2016, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced that he had charged Town of Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster with a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The charge arose from the accidental discharge of his duty weapon after a roll-over collision in the Town of Paradise on November …

Fire Lieutenant denied disability retirement

A county Fire Lieutenant received serious injuries while on the job. After years of suffering, innumerable medical procedures and unsuccessful pain management, the officer sought a disability retirement.  Even though he had two permanent and stationary Worker’s Compensation awards, including lifetime medical coverage for his injuries, the county board denied his application under the County …