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City Council Approves Cross-Complaint Against Mayor Filner

SAN DIEGO (CNS) — The City Council today unanimously authorized the filing of a cross-complaint against Bob Filner, a move designed to protect municipal coffers in connection with a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city and San Diego's embattled mayor.

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City Of San Diego Cross-Complaint Against Filner

City Of San Diego Cross-Complaint Against Filner

The City Council unanimously approves a cross-complaint against ...

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All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

The decision was made in a closed-session meeting. The mayor normally chairs such meetings, but does not have a vote.

The cross-complaint involves the case of former mayoral Communications Director Irene McCormack Jackson, who hired high-profile Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred and sued Filner and the city last week.

"The city of San Diego has sued the mayor with unanimous City Council approval,'' City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said. "This is part of due process. If Bob Filner engaged in unlawful conduct and the city is held liable, he will have to reimburse us every penny the city pays and its attorney fees.''

McCormack Jackson is one of seven women who have accused the mayor of unwanted sexual advances.

A private lawyer hired by the mayor, Harvey Berger, has filed a request for the City Council to pay for Filner's defense.

Public funding for outside counsel for city employees is not an unusual step when a worker is sued over something within the scope of his job.

But Goldsmith contends sexual harassment is not considered to be within that scope.

The City Council will take up the question of funding Filner's defense at a closed-session meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The City Attorney's Office has been investigating McCormack Jackson's claims, and has scheduled a deposition with the mayor for Aug. 9. However, Filner is scheduled to begin two weeks of behavioral therapy on Monday.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | July 30, 2013 at 3:36 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

"The city of San Diego has sued the mayor with unanimous City Council approval,'' City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said. "This is part of due process. If Bob Filner engaged in unlawful conduct and the city is held liable, he will have to reimburse us every penny the city pays and its attorney fees.''

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EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY.

Only a politician who lacks any sense of morality or even common decency would stick taxpayers with their sexual harassment legal bills. Lowest of the low.

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Avatar for user 'RLA'

RLA | July 30, 2013 at 5:47 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

"Only a politician who lacks any sense of morality or even common decency would stick taxpayers with their sexual harassment legal bills. Lowest of the low."

A very good description of the man chosen by the local Democratic Party higher ups to take them to power - and they knew all about him well before the election.

Does the City Council dare ask the local party to share in the city's liability?

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Avatar for user 'DonWood'

DonWood | July 30, 2013 at 7 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Watch Goldsmith run up his legal bill as high as possible in an attempt to put pressure on the mayor. The message will be if the mayor resigns, the city will withdraw it's cross complaint and eat the legal costs. Perhaps the city council should monitor the city attorney's costs just in case the city gets stuck with the bill later. Of course some of them, especially those who covet the mayor's office would be willing to spend any amount of taxpayers money to get rid of Filner.

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Avatar for user 'laplayaheritage'

laplayaheritage | July 30, 2013 at 9:56 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/ive-got-issues/2013/jul/30/city-votes-to-sue-for-filner-legal-fees-after-givi/

City votes to sue for Filner legal fees after our City Council gives $500,000 to City Attorney Goldsmith to defend a sexual predator. Former San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos.

http://www.californiacriminallawyerblog.com/2013/07/san_diego_sexual_politics_if_f.html

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | July 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Maybe Bobby should have treated the city's legal staff better. LOL

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