United States District Court, C.D. California
February 12, 2014
HUGO VANLID SARMIENTO, Plaintiff,
COUNTY OF ORANGE, Defendant.
DAVID O. CARTER, Judge.
This action came on regularly for trial on January 7, 2014 in Courtroom 9D of the United States District Court, Central District of California located at 411 Fourth Street, Santa Ana, California, the Honorable David O. Carter, presiding. Plaintiff Hugo V. Sarmiento ("Plaintiff") appeared by attorneys Donald Cook and Jorge Gonzalez. Defendant County of Orange ("Defendant") appeared by attorneys S. Frank Harrell and Alexandru D. Mihai. A jury of eight persons was regularly impaneled and sworn.
After hearing all of the evidence, the Court duly instructed the jury and the cause was submitted to the jury. On January 13, 2014, the jury returned into Court with a Special Verdict as follows:
SPECIAL VERDICT FORM
QUESTION NO. 1
Did any individual deputy or group of deputies use excessive force against Plaintiff?
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED as follows:
Defendant County of Orange has Judgment in its favor and that Plaintiff Hugo V. Sarmiento takes nothing by way of his operative complaint against this Defendant.
That Defendant recovers from Plaintiff, its costs of suit in accordance with applicable law; and that this matter be, and hereby is, dismissed as to Defendant County of Orange with prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.