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Roundtable: San Diego County Settles In Deputy Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer, who has been charged with 14 criminal count...

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Above: Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer, who has been charged with 14 criminal counts related to a sexual misconduct case, is escorted in handcuffs from his arraignment at the San Diego Superior Court in Vista, Ca., Feb. 22, 2018.

Roundtable: San Diego County Settles In Deputy Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Ben Adler, bureau chief, Capital Radio News

Jeff McDonald, investigative reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune

Mari Payton, investigative reporter, NBC 7 San Diego

Amita Sharma, investigative reporter, KPBS News


County Settles with Fischer Accusers

Imagine: your house has been broken into and you call the police. You're alone. You feel vulnerable. After the deputies take your statement, they leave. One comes back later to check on you. And suddenly he's grabbing you in ways you don't want. This is the story of one of the 15 women who accused Deputy Richard Fischer of inappropriate touching, groping and exposing himself to them while on duty. San Diego County settled with two of Fischer's accusers this week for $412,000. Settlements with 13 others are on the table. Jeff McDonald and Amita Sharma join us to talk about the civil and criminal cases against Deputy Fischer.

RELATED: Settlements reached in 2 sexual-misconduct cases against San Diego County deputy, 13 cases remain

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No More Ladies Night

Several organizers of events promoting the empowerment of women have been sued in San Diego for discrimination against men. The men filing the lawsuits have something in common: involvement with a San Diego nonprofit, the National Coalition for Men (NCFM). The lawsuits cite California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, and sexual orientation. But the law written to presumably protect women is being used against them, and at least one attorney thinks it should be changed. Mari Payton joins us to talk about her investigation.

RELATED: Gender Discrimination? Men Are Suing Women For Not Letting Them Into Women-Only Events

Governor's Race

California's current governor is behind multiple lawsuits against the Trump Administration. In his last of eight years as governor, Jerry Brown is going out fighting. And a battle rages among those want to succeed him. Ben Adler of Capital Radio News in Sacramento joins us to talk about that and other key races.

RELATED: Governor's Race 2018 Interviews

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