Jim Righeimer, Others Sue Costa Mesa Police Union, Others Over DUI Sting Fiasco

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We obviously don't agree with Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer on most anything, especially his efforts to scald the city's public employees raw. But Riggy's harassment at the hands of a private dick employed by the law firm that represented the Costa Mesa Police Association (the cops' union) disgusted us enough to include said dick, Christopher Lanzillo, on our 2012 Scariest People issue. If you'll remember, Lanzillo tailed Righeimer from Skosh Monahan's to his home and called 911 to report Riggy drunk; the cops went to Riggy's home, made him take a sobriety test (he passed)...and all hell broke loose. Righeimer went to the press; the police union fired the law firm that employed Lanzillo (Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir); the law firm said they never asked Lanzillo to follow Righeimer; Lanzillo said he was just doing his duty...trying to entrap Costa Mesa councilmembers (and Skosh Monahan's owner) Gary Monahan and Steve Mensinger with a big-breasted woman. Um, okay...

Well, now Lanzillo's looking like the biggest boob of them all: Righeimer--along with his wife Lene and Mensinger--is suing Lanzillo, his P.I. business, Lackie, et al, and the Costa Mesa Police Association on 15--count 'em, 15--counts.

Filed in Orange County Superior Court, the lawsuit starts with the disclaimer that it's "neither about nor against the general rank and file police officers who diligently serve our communities in the face of grave danger, on a daily basis, whom plaintiffs respect and honor without reservation" but rather pointed at the "rogue defendants."

The counts are--let's all take a deep breath here--negligence, negligent hiring/training, negligent entrustment of agent, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy, unfair business practices filed by Riggy, his wife, and Mensinger against all defendants; violation of rights and intimidation filed by Jim and Mensinger against all defendants; malicious prosecution, invasion of privacy, libel and slander filed by Riggy against all defendants; assault and intrusion upon seclusion filed by Jim and Lena against all defendants. Everyone asks for injunctive relief against the defendants, and unspecified damages.

Adding more fun: the law firm representing the Righeimers and Mensinger is none other than Manly & Stewart, the home base for John Manly, the man who exposed the Diocese of Orange as the pedophile factory that it is, and doesn't file lawsuits unless he's absolutely certain it's a righteous cause. Manly has no love lost for GOP bigwigs--he famously hounded GOP lackey (and outer of sex-abuse victims) Matt Cunningham for being such a tool, and long trashed the party's leadership for being so close to the Orange diocese--so the partnership between Manly, Mensinger and the Righeimers ain't one of political convenience.

More--much more--to come...should be fun!

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CITIZEN
CITIZEN

Jim Righeimer is THE DANGEROUS PERSON.  He is UNETHICAL, DECEITFUL AND VICIOUS.  His agenda is for personal gain ONLY and he will do whatever it takes to benefit personally.  Look deeply into all his dealings and it will be VERY clear that he is taking - not providing as a public servant.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

More mafia trash criminal behavior by Orange County law enforcement? I'm the least shocked person in Orange County. 

At least Bernie Madoff never tried to kill one of his victim's to keep his trash life going. 


Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Any way to distract from the scandal of the '60th Birthday'

Em Sedano
Em Sedano

Delightful! "rank and file police officers who diligently serve our communities in the face of grave danger, on a daily basis," like administering sobriety tests to irate mayors?

Bill Martin
Bill Martin

the city is fucked up got hit by a city truck they didnt want to pay even though i had a witness and told him the guy that hit me a described the truck and the licence plate they are all crocks

rctocm
rctocm

Good for them. It's one thing to be harassed and intimidated and then try to ignore it. Just as in being a victim of any crime, the victim needs to stand up to the perpetrator(s).

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Suing your own police department is a sure way to get press coverage. That's the goal.

Bill Martin
Bill Martin

i do not trust any pig at all in orange county look at the whole pussys on parade in fullerton not one of them came forward they all knew and look again the ex fucken prick sheriff is in jail

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