A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge this week denied the city's request for a new trial in the case of former deputy police chief William Taylor, who was awarded nearly $1.3 million for claims that he was demoted and retaliated against for complaining about problems in the department and refusing to fire minority officers.
Attorneys for the city of Burbank had cited several claims, including juror misconduct, in seeking a new trial, but on Thursday, Superior Court Judge John Segal denied the request.
Taylor's attorney, Gregory Smith, said the ruling was expected.
“The case was won fairly, and I don't believe a court of appeals would disturb the verdict either,” Smith said.
A jury voted 9 to 3 in Taylor's favor on March 19.
Taylor and nine other officers were terminated in June 2010 for alleged misconduct.
In arguing for a new trial, Ronald Frank, a defense attorney with Burke, Williams & Sorensen, claimed the city was unaware that some on the jury had criminal histories, which could have affected their judgment in deliberations.