Friday, February 7, 2020

Lauri Peterson’s Son Josh Waring Wins Legal Battle On Jail Housing!

An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled that Josh Waring, the son of a former Real Housewives of Orange County star Lauri Peterson can remain in Santa Ana’s jail until his trial, blocking the city’s efforts to hand the defendant back to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, according to the OC Register.

Santa Ana jail officials sought to evict Waring and return him to the Orange County Jail system, but Orange County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Fish denied the request. Santa Ana officials had argued they had a right to do it based on its contract with the county.

However, Waring argued that he knew nothing about those terms and that he feared going back to the county’s jail, saying he might be attacked again by an inmate or targeted for abuse by sheriff’s deputies.

The judge also ordered that Waring’s dental and medical needs to be addressed immediately.

Waring has an exposed nerve on his gums and needs five crowns, his attorney, Joel Garson, said.

Garson said officials with the city and the county have been resisting paying for the dentistry. Waring has not been receiving his proper dosage for anti-addiction prescription medication, which he has previously complained about, Garson said, reports the OC Register.

Waring claimed the city wanted to evict him from its jail because he has filed multiple grievances related to dental care and the medication as well as a lack of time out of solitary confinement, where he was placed for his protection.

Waring's housing drama came after he was attacked by another inmate in October. Josh suffered injuries to his face and chest, getting 20 stitches. Waring has also alleged a sheriff’s deputy in June 2018 opened fire with a pepper ball gun in the unit where Waring was housed.

“There was absolutely nothing that precipitated those shots, and a deputy shot at least half a dozen pepper balls at defendant’s and other inmates’ locked cells,” Garson wrote in a court brief, according to the publication. “Several deputies were called as witnesses in a bail hearing (for Waring), and all asserted their 5th Amendment privilege.”

Waring's attorney also raised questions about how committed deputies were to Waring’s safety because his client was let out with another inmate when they were in a protective custody area where two inmates should not be out at the same time.

Waring is also part of a federal class-action lawsuit alleging a variety of issues at the county jails. Waring’s case also brought to light a scandal involving the improper recording of phone calls between attorneys and their clients from the jails.

Waring has been behind bars since 2016. As previously reported, Waring was charged with attempted murder after allegedly opening fire on two people in Costa Mesa and then leading cops on a wild car chase on June 20, 2016. Waring was eventually captured and charged with three counts of attempted murder and several other felony and misdemeanor charges.

Waring and Peterson insist he’s innocent of the charges. His bail is set for more than $1 million.

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