Susan Bassi & Scott Largent critics of “Corruption” Period.

San Jose Mercury News Misleading readers. They omitted Corrupt & Broken.

What can you expect from an advertising business that betrayed Investigative Journalist Gary Webb.

First sentence: Court critic Susan Bassi should read Corrupt Court Critic Susan Bassi.

Title changes words court critic to judicial critic and replaces broken with injured finger. Again omitting the word Corrupt before either Court or Judicial.

Scott Largent, another critic of the local justice system. Should read Corrupt Justice System.

Story all by itself the San Jose Mercury News not interested in. Santa Clara County Sheriff Deputy David Gomez and two other deputies, Jack Solorio and Michael Jacobs, also searched her phone without a warrant. 

That is a Felony.

Lawsuit says Santa Clara County deputy injured judicial critic’s finger in courthouse clash

Susan Bassi claims the County of Santa Clara violated her civil rights when a sheriff’s deputy injured her hand in a confrontation last November, after she refused to stop videotaping inside a county courthouse.

Exterior of the newest Superior Court building constructed in Santa Clara County, the Family Justice Center Court House in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, September 1, 2016. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group) (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)
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SAN JOSE —

Court critic Susan Bassi has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Santa Clara County in response to a November 2017 incident in which she claims a sheriff’s deputy broke her finger and injured her hand for refusing to stop videotaping inside a county courthouse.

The Nov. 14 confrontation was sparked when sheriff’s deputies saw Scott Largent, through a video surveillance camera, snap a photo of a computer screen at the courthouse’s public records office. The office prohibits using smartphones to copy records.

Largent, another critic of the local justice system, stopped taking photos and erased the images at the deputies’ request.

Bassi said she heard Largent yelling and claiming the officers were touching him, so she began recording the incident on her cell phone, according to the complaint.

Deputy David Gomez told Bassi repeatedly to “stop recording” and when she refused he used physical force, breaking her finger and injuring her hand, the lawsuit claims.

Gomez and two other deputies, Jack Solorio and Michael Jacobs, also searched her phone without a warrant after the incident while she received medical attention, according to the complaint.

Bassi, who previously filed a separate excessive force complaint against the Sheriff’s Office, says the county violated her First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The lawsuit also says the phone search and use of force violated Bassi’s Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizure of her person and property.

In addition, the lawsuit contends the county has repeatedly harassed Bassi and Largent, two vocal, longtime courthouse critics.

Both the county and Sheriff’s Office declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

Her lawyer is San Jose criminal defense attorney Dmitry Stadlin.

Bassi is also a freelance journalist who contributes to a website called Ex Parte Mediathat exposes issues in California courts, according to her Linkedin profile.

Seven California counties, including Santa Clara, prohibit the use of smartphones to take pictures of otherwise public court records, while seven other counties allow smartphone use.

Contact Thy Vo at 408-200-1055 or at tvo@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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