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21 Nov 2009

Melee Lawsuit Settled, Contra Costa Times

Antioch and the city's school district have settled a lawsuit by the families of three teens involved in a March 2007 melee with police at a gas station near Deer Valley High School. According to a news release issued by the plaintiffs' attorney, the teens will receive compensation totaling $775,000 from the city and the Antioch school district. "Without saying so in specific terms, I think the settlement figure speaks for itself," Candappa said. "If the city felt it was not at fault and if the school district felt it was not at fault, they would not have paid that kind of money."

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23 May 2008

Judge Overturns Students’ Expulsions from High School in Antioch

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) and Berkeley attorney Jivaka Candappa sued the Antioch Unified School District on behalf of the students, arguing that the school district lacked the authority to expel the students based on the incident, and that the students’ due process rights were violated during the expulsion hearings. A Contra Costa County Superior Court agreed.

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07 May 2008

A Contra Costa County Superior Court Rules that the Antioch Unified School District Violated the Rights of Two Students When it Expelled Them

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and Berkeley attorney Jivaka Candappa sued the district on behalf of the students, arguing that it lacked the authority to expel the students based on the incident, and that the students' due process rights were violated during the expulsion hearings.

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20 Jul 2007

Student’s Reversed Expulsion Could Lead to More, Contra Costa Times

On Wednesday the county board voted 3-1 to reverse the Antioch school board's expulsion of DeArmand Ellis III. Jivaka Candappa, Ellis' attorney, said he hasn't filed his briefs yet but he will address similar issues in appeal hearings he will argue for two other students.

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19 Jul 2007

Board Overturns Teen’s Expulsion, Contra Costa Times

The Contra Costa County Board of Education has overturned the expulsion of a Deer Valley High School student who witnessed an after-school melee between students and police. Following a public hearing Wednesday, the board voted 3-1 to uphold the first of at least three appeals stemming from the March 7 incident at a service station a few blocks from the high school. Jivaka Candappa, the attorney who represented Ellis and two other students, including Housley, said the district's argument that Ellis posed a threat by running away was illogical. He had argued earlier that the school district's decision to expel was pre-determined.

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04 Oct 2004

Woman Sues City After Mistaken Arrests, The Daily Californian

An Oakland woman mistakenly arrested seven times and who served six stints in jail filed a lawsuit against the city of Berkeley last week, claiming an array of civil rights violations over the past three years. Stancy Nesby, a 28-year-old mother of four, was arrested seven times in the past 15 months. Nesby's legal troubles began when a woman arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession in 2001 allegedly gave Nesby's name to authorities, prompting police to be on the lookout for Nesby instead of the true suspect, said her attorney, Jivaka Candappa.

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