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LAWSUIT: Read the full lawsuit filed by Sgt. Archie Warren

LAWSUIT: Read the full lawsuit filed by Sgt. Archie Warren

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Published by Amy Larson
The lawsuit accuses the sheriff and Undersheriff Max Houser of violating the rights of deputies who investigated and arrested the sheriff's 25-year-old son, Jacob Miller, on drug charges.
The lawsuit accuses the sheriff and Undersheriff Max Houser of violating the rights of deputies who investigated and arrested the sheriff's 25-year-old son, Jacob Miller, on drug charges.

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Published by: Amy Larson on Jul 06, 2011
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DAVIDP.MASTAGNIJOHNR.HOLSTEDTMICHAELD.AMICK'CRAIGE.JOHNSENCHRISTOPHERW.MILLERBRIANA.DIXONSTEVEN
W.
WELTYSTUART
C.
WOODAVIDE.MASTAGNIJONATHANW.ALlFFRICHARDJ.ROMANSKIJOHNP.TRIBUIANO
III
PHILLIPRAMASTAGNI
KATHLEENN.MASTAGNISTORM
JAMES
B.
CARRWILLP.CREGERWILLIAMM.BRIGGSSACRAMENTOOFFICE19121STREETSACRAMENTO.CA95811-3151(916)446-4692FAX(916)447-4614
MASTAGNI,HOLSTEDT,AMICK,MILLER&JOHNSEN
APROFESSIONALCORPORATION
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SANFRANCISCO:415-274-8700CHICO:530-895-3836STOCKTON:209-948-6158SANJOSE:408-292-4802FED.101194-2678460ANTHONYP.DONOGHUESEAND.CURRINSEAND.HOWELLISAACS.STEVENSKRISTINAT.JANSENPAULT.DOLBERGANTHONYS.FRANCESCHIIANM.ROCHEJEFFREYRAEDWARDSNATALIE
A.
POWERSGABRIEL
R.
ULLRICHJESSICA
F.
YOUNGDANIEL
1..
OSIER
8J.
PIERCEJUDITH
A.
ODilERTCHRISTINAB.JOHNSONMATTHEWJ.PERKINSERICD.LEDGERGABRIELM.QUINNANSANFRANCISCOOFFICEALANeDAVISDUANEW.RENO22BATTERYST..STE1000SANFRANCISCO.CA94111(415)274-8700
DETECTIVESERGEANTFILESCOMPLAINTREGARDINGRETALIATION,VIOLATIONOFPEACEOFFICERSBILLOFRIGHTS
PressContacts:DavidE.Mastagni(916)446-4692OnFriday,July1,2011,MontereyCountySheriff'sOfficeDetectiveSergeantArchieWarrenfiledacomplaintinMontereySuperiorCourtagainsttheCountyofMonterey,SheriffScottMillerandUndersheriffMaxHouseralleginginterferencewiththecriminalinvestigationofJacobMillerandretaliationagainstDet.Sgt.WarrenfollowinghisparticipationintheJune28,2011searchofSheriffMiller'spropertyandarrestofhisson,JacobMiller.AccordingtoDet.Sgt.Warren,"thislawsuitwasfiledtoprotectmyselfandmyteammembersfromretaliationbytheSheriffandUndersherifffordoingourjob."ThelawsuitallegesSheriffScottMillergavehiswifeadvancenoticeofthesearchonhisproperty,jeopardizingtheinvestigationandofficersafety.ThelawsuitalsoallegesUndersheriffMaxHouserbeganaparallelinvestigationsoonafterlearningofthesearchofJacobMiller'sresidenceforthepurposeoflearningconfidentialinformationaboutthecriminalinvestigation.Houser'sinvestigationwentwellbeyondhisnormallevelofinvolvementincriminalcasesandincludedaninterrogationofaSeasidepoliceofficernotunderhiscommand.ThelawsuitseeksinjunctionstostopHouserandMillerfromsharinganyfurthercaseinformationwiththeMillerfamilyorthedefendant.OnWednesday,July5,2011,Warrenfiledanamendedcomplaint,furtherallegingaviolationofthePublicSafetyOfficersProceduralBillofRightsAct.TheamendedcomplaintexplainsUndersheriffHouserviolatedtheActbyorderingtheunlawfulsearchofDet.Sgt.Warren'sofficesafeinanefforttoobtainconfidentialinformationaboutthecriminalinvestigation.Acopyoftheamendedcomplaintisattached.
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1DAVIDP.MASTAGNI,ESQ.(SBN57721)CHRISTOPHERW.MILLER,ESQ.(SBN166348)2DAVIDE.MASTAGNI,ESQ.(SBN204244)JEFFREYR.A.EDWARDS,ESQ.(SBN265597)3MASTAGNI,HOLSTEDT,AMICK,MILLER
&
JOHNSEN
4AProfessionalCorporation
1912"I"Street5Sacramento,California95811-3151Telephone:(916)446-46926Facsimile:(916)447-46147AttorneysforPlaintiff8SUPERIORCOURTOFTHESTATEOFCALIFORNIA9
IN
ANDFORTHECOUNTYOFMONTEREY1011ARCHIEWARREN,)
)
12)Plaintiff,)13)
v.)
14)COUNTYOFMONTEREY;SCOTT)15MILLER,inhisofficialcapacityasSheriff)ofMontereyCounty;MAXHOUSER,inhis)16officialcapacityasUndersheriff;andDOES)1through100,inclusive,)17)
)
18Defendants.)
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CASENO.Ml13042VERIFIEDFIRSTAMENDEDCOMPLAINTFORTEMPORARYRESTRAININGORDER;PRELIMINARYANDPERMANENTINJUNCTION;ANDDAMAGESActionFiled:July1,2011TrialDate:TBD1920PlaintiffARCHIEWARRENherebyalleges:21PlaintiffARCHIEWARRENis,andatalltimesmentionedhereinwas,employedby
.
22DefendantCOUNTYOFMONTEREYasadetective-sergeantintheMontereyCountySheriff's23Office.HeisapeaceofficerpursuanttoPenalCodesection830.1.WARRENisassignedtothe24NarcoticsEnforcementUnitCountyofMonterey("NEUCOM")andparticipatedinthe25investigation,searchandarrestofJacobScottMilleronJune28,2011,intheCountyofMonterey.26DefendantCOUNTYOFMONTEREY("COUNTY")isapoliticalsubdivision.27organizedandexistingunderthelawsoftheStateofCalifornia.COUNTYisagenerallawcounty28andthereforesubjecttothegenerallawsoftheStateofCalifornia.
VERIFIEDFIRSTAMENDEDCOMPLAINT
IASTAGNI.HOLS'DT.AMICK.IILLER
&
JOHNSEPROFESSIONALRPORATION112ISTREET~CRAMENTO,CAFORNIA958II
WARREN
v.
MILLER,
et
al.CASENO,MI13042
 
1
WARREN
v.
MILLER,
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al.CASENO.MI13042
3.
DefendantSCOTTMILLERis,andatalltimesmentionedhereinwas,theduly-2electedSheriffofMontereyCountyandisresponsiblefortheadministrationoftheSheriffs3Department.HeisthefatherofJacobScottMiller.4
4.
DefendantMAXHOUSERis,andatalltimesmentionedhereinwas,theundersheriff5oftheMontereyCountySheriffsDepartment,appointedbyDefendantSCOTTMILLER.HOUSER6reportstoMILLERonallmattersinvolvingtheadministrationoftheMontereyCountySheriffs7Office.HOUSERdoesnotconductcriminalinvestigationsaspartofhisregularly-assignedduties.
8
5.
Plaintiffdoesnotcurrentlypossessknowledgeofthetruenamesandcapacitiesof9DOES1through100,inclusive.PlaintiffthereforesuessaidDefendantsbytheuseofsuchfictitious10names.Plaintiffwi11identifythetruenamesandcapacitiesofDOES1through100,inclusive,when11andiftheyareascertained,Plaintiffisinformedandbelieves,andthereonalleges,thateachofthe12saidfictitiouslynamedDefendantsisinsomemannerresponsiblefortheoccurrenceshereinalleged.136.PlaintiffisinformedandbelievesandthereonallegesDefendants,andeachofthem,14atalltimeshereinmentioned,weretheagents,employees,servants,jointventurers,and/orco-15conspiratorsoftheremainingDefendants.Plaintiffisfurtherinformedandbelievesandthereon16allegesDefendants,andeachofthem,weretheactualand/orostensibleagentsoftheremaining17Defendantsandwereactingwithinthecourseandscopeofsaidagency.18
GENERALALLEGATIONS
19
20
7.
8.JacobScottMiller("JacobMiller")isthesonofSheriffSCOTTMILLER.OnJune28,2011,NEUCOMagents,includingWARREN,conductedasearchof21SheriffSCOTTMILLER'sproperty,includingtheresidenceofJacobMiller,forofficiallaw22enforcementpurposesaspartofacriminalinvestigation.23
9.
NEueOMisamulti-jurisdictionaltaskforceattachedtotheNarcoticsDivisionof24theMontereyCountySheriffsOffice.
It
isfundedwithfederalmoniesadministeredbytheState25OfficeofEmergencyServices.Theunit'smissionistoinvestigateandprosecutecriminalcases26involvingnarcoticstraffickersanddealers.Aprimarytargethasbeenthoseinvolvedinthe27manufactureanddistributionofmethamphetamine.Theunitconductsinvestigationsbasedon28criminalinformationandreferralsfromlawenforcementagenciesoperatingwithinMontereyCounty
VERIFIEDFIRSTAMENDEDCOMPLAINT
IASTAGNLHOLSoDT.AMICK[]LLER
&
JOHNSEPROFESSIONALRPORATION)12ISTREET""CRAMENTO.CAIFORNIA95811
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