Former Deputies File Whistle Blower Lawsuit Against Trinity County

Two former Trinity County sheriff's deputies who claim they were wrongfully terminated for doing their jobs are taking action against the county.

Former Chief Deputy John Joslin believes the department fired him because he would not drop an investigation into the beating of an inmate.  The deputy accused of assaulting the prisoner was apparently a friend of Trinity County Sheriff Jimmy Smith.

Chris Tritico, an attorney for John Joslin and a deputy who helped with the investigation, said, "It's our intention to, within the next 90 days as the law requires, to file suit against the county and the sheriff for wrongful termination in violation of the state whistleblower statute."