Scales of Justice

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The long-awaited trial involving a traffic ticket quota system employed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is now underway.

Lawyers for the county and plaintiffs Tim Jordan, Brian Moler and Jeff Wetmore started selecting a jury Monday afternoon, with testimony expected to commence Tuesday afternoon.

In the case, Jordan, Moler and Wetmore allege they were retaliated against for questioning a imposed traffic ticket quota requirement imposed by the department, while working at the Victorville Sheriff’s Station.

Such quotas are illegal in California.

The three men, who are seeking unspecified damages, also allege that they were subjected to further retaliation for bring other misconduct to the attention of department management.

Since the case was brought, Moler and Wetmore were removed from their positions and reassigned.

Jordan has since retired from county service.

In Monday’s proceedings, county lawyers lost multiple motions to limit testimony and evidence, in addition to a cap on jury award.

It’ll be interesting to see if this case actually makes it to a jury verdict before a settlement occurs.

The opening Pandora’s Box scenario is in play here.

The case, Timothy Jordan, et al v. County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Superior Court Case No. CIVDS1411180.

The trial is being held in Department S-22 at the San Bernardino Justice Center.