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DEPUTY FILES SUIT CLAIMING TICKET QUOTAS.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer

PALMDALE - A Palmdale sheriff's deputy has a filed a $2 million federal lawsuit, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated when he was punished for refusing to write at least 100 traffic tickets a month.

Attorneys for Deputy Steven Box say they intend to prove at trial what many motorists have suspected for years - that traffic ticket quotas do exist, a claim that sheriff's officials deny.

``It becomes perfectly clear that there is a pattern and practice with supervisors in the Sheriff's Department to pressure their deputies, their motorcycle deputies, into issuing a set number of citations within a certain period,'' said Gregory Emerson, Box's attorney.

Box has filed suit in U.S. District Court against Los Angeles County and his superiors at the Palmdale station, Capt. Terence Judge and Lts. Robert Rifkin and John Crab.

The county filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed, but U.S. District Judge Harry Hupp denied that request on June 27. His ruling means the trial can proceed on Box's claims that he was deprived of his First Amendment rights and that the defendants violated the state's ``whistleblower statute'' designed to protect employees who report wrongdoing, court records said.

The attorney for the county, Calvin Hous, said it is county policy not to comment on pending litigation.

Capt. Judge was out sick on Tuesday. Crab, the acting commander, denied that the Sheriff's Department has a quota system, and otherwise declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Box, 34, a deputy since 1988 and stationed at Palmdale since 1997, is on medical leave after being injured on duty in a traffic collision, Emerson said.

His lawsuit claims that he was removed from his motorcycle assignment in February 2000 for refusing to follow an order from Rifkin that he issue at least 100 citations per month.
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