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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

[MD] Judge says ex-top cop Clark (fired for dv distraction) can't sue

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[MD] Ex-Top Cop Clark , fired after dv allegations, can fight for his job back - ...Clark- was fired by [Mayor] O'Malley in November 2004 following allegations of domestic abuse against Clark that O'Malley, who is now governor, said had become a distraction... his girlfriend first accused him of abuse, and then retracted the accusation and said the police officer who reported her allegation had gotten it all wrong...

Ex-police chief Clark's lawsuit is thrown out
Judge rules he is not entitled to punitive damages for 2004 firing
Baltimore Sun
By Ben Nuckols
July 15, 2008
A Baltimore judge has thrown out a $60 million lawsuit filed by former police commissioner Kevin P. Clark, ending for now the possibility of a trial that would have brought Gov. Martin O'Malley to the stand. O'Malley, who was then Baltimore mayor, fired Clark in November 2004, saying that domestic abuse allegations against Clark had become a distraction. However, an investigation found no evidence of abuse. Clark claims in his lawsuit that the firing was illegal and seeks reinstatement to his job. But Baltimore Circuit Judge Albert J. Matricciani Jr. disagreed, granting the city's motion for summary judgment today. A. Dwight Pettit, Clark's attorney, said he would appeal to the state's highest court, which previously reinstated the lawsuit after Matricciani threw it out in 2005... [Full article here]

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