Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Man Bites Dog

  • Ronald Magee sued a half-dozen Chicago police officers in 2009, claiming, among other things, the officers had falsely arrested him a year earlier.

    Magee’s federal lawsuit ended with a mistrial, and it was eventually dismissed in 2011. On Tuesday, two of the officers named in Magee’s suit have sued Magee and a woman who testified at the trial.

  • Davis and Mariano, in a lawsuit filed in Cook County, claim Magee and Atterbury defamed their character, and also have included claims of malicious prosecution and conspiracy among their claims against the pair.
In the stories we've read, cops actually have a pretty good track record of winning these lawsuits. We suppose that's because it's unusual enough to make headlines.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please give me the name of the lawfirm. I have a case for them against a law suit I just won.

3/14/2012 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the dog didn't catch anything from this asshole. Dogs are the cops best friend!

3/14/2012 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should not be unusual! Bosses, especially shakey Merit bosses look at officers who attract lawsuits as "trouble". This perception comes from the fact that these bosses have never worked the street and do not realize that your star number is a ghetto lottery pick. The FOP should have at least one lawyer who reviews all lawsuits against officers and responds when those lawsuits fail with a counter suit. If the Loevy & Loevys of the world found themselves as defendants with clients who were costing rather than bringing them profit, the lawsuits would slow down or cease.

3/14/2012 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/14/2012 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story should be carefully followed by all coppers. Yes cops can counter sue. Let's start swinging back.

3/14/2012 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Law and Order said...

Fantastic! Go Officers! Best of luck on your litigation.

3/14/2012 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garry, stop the box madness already. you're killing this department.

3/14/2012 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are protected from defamation and libel in a court proceeding.


3/14/2012 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope they win.

3/14/2012 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously? Who is law firm that will take case?

3/14/2012 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, this is one we need to follow and lend support however we can. No one else is going to help us stave the onslaught of meritless lawsuits against us, certainly not the City, which would rather just keep writing checks.

3/14/2012 03:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hale & Associates filed the case.

Email Avi at Hale's firm with your case info.

3/14/2012 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please give the name of lawfirm

3/14/2012 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can this be? It has to be lies...

3/14/2012 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the name of the law firm was dewey cheatem & howe. if you get the right judge urine.

3/14/2012 08:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should happen much more often !!!

3/15/2012 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...( Cop A )and (Cop B ), in a lawsuit filed in Cook County, claim (IAD Inv) and ( IPRA Inv )defamed their character, and also have included claims of malicious prosecution and conspiracy among their claims against the pair. "

There are some law firms that formerly worked on "Innocence Project" cases may be retained to seek damages from the city, the complainants and possibly the investigators for shoddy work or malicious practices that ruined careers. The city might pay out and think nothing of it; what about the investigators when it costs them money?

3/15/2012 06:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are protected from defamation and libel in a court proceeding.



not when your name is put on the news and in the paper.. It then effects your personal life. Many of these law firms like to "make a splash" and get free advertising by holding press conferences the day they file the suit. Or, if they don't hold a press conference they give the media a packet outlining the details of the suit and what they are alleging the officers did. The media then prints the names of the officers and writes it as if they allegations are what really happened. It then moves out of the realm of being protected. These lawsuits and the allegations are public record and can be read for free by anyone online. also, if your name is broadcasted on the news then you can then be defamed or harmed emotionally and mentally. So, if your an officer who has been sued and your name ended up in the paper and you ended up winning your case yes you have a case to sue. You won your case but you had embarrassment from your family, friends and peers.. you had others who don't know you think your some thug crooked cop based on slanted media info given by the law firm, and you've had mental distress dealing with the stresses of lawsuits, depositions, trials, motions and having to think to yourself that you did something wrong. Police officers do sue many times in these types of cases.

3/16/2012 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You bite me, I'm biting you.

3/17/2012 02:37:00 AM  

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