Tag: Civil Rights

Threat to Sue is Witness Intimidation, Not Protected Speech

By: Christopher Coughlin
Oct 27, 2014
On October 22, 2014, In an unpublished opinion in Commonwealth v. Simeone, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that a person who threatens to sue a witness in a criminal...

Federal Judge Upends §1983 Civil Rights Jury Verdict Because of Pretrial Probation

By: Christopher Coughlin
Oct 14, 2014
PRETRIAL PROBATION AND §1983 CIVIL RIGHTS CLAIMS In a decision published September 30, 2014, United States District Court Judge O’Toole reversed a jury’s determination that the plaintiff was wrongfully arrested...