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He claims he was passed over for promotions and suffered other reprisals because of the case and that he was personally offended by Mr. Gibson’s remarks.

Mr. Gibson’s work as a spokesman for the department helps explain “the circumstances that serve as a backdrop to the harassment and hostile work environment that Deputy Mee suffered,” his attorneys wrote in a court filing.

Mr. Gibson “wasn’t just another arrestee. He was the ‘public face’ of the department,” the documents state.

Judge Scheper also says she won’t allow Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to testify during the case unless there is some evidence he ordered actions against Deputy Mee.

Judge Scheper said she will make final rulings in the case on Tuesday, with jury selection expected later next week. Unless she alters course, jurors will hear little about the events during and immediately after Mr. Gibson’s arrest.

“In my view, it’s what happened after this gentleman was arrested” that is crucial to the case, Judge Scheper said.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.