Federal Court Dismisses Claims Made Against Fall River Chief Of Police In Case Alleging That Plaintiff Had Been Raped By A Police Officer

In a recent civil lawsuit seeking $750,000.00 in damages, the plaintiff accused a Fall River police officer of sexually assaulting her while the officer was on duty. Named as defendants were the officer, the City of Fall River and the Fall River Police Chief; the Chief was represented in the litigation by RJA. Although the plaintiff filed her lawsuit in state court, believing that a

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Federal Court Rejects Claims Against Lawrence Police Chief and Captain

In November, 2010, a police officer with the Lawrence Police Department was in Lawrence District Court to support the son of the Department’s Deputy Police Chief, who had been charged with various crimes. While in the courthouse, the officer had an interaction with three civilians who were involved in the prosecution of the Deputy Chief’s son. Based upon that interaction, the three civilians complained to

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RJA Scores Important Victory For Law Enforcement In Constitutional Claim

Most civil rights claims against police officers in Massachusetts are made by former criminal defendants  who, for one reason or another, were not found guilty of the criminal charges brought against them. Going forward, those plaintiffs will have one less claim that they can make against police officers involved in their arrest or prosecution. RJA represented a Sergeant with the Springfield Police Department in connection

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RJA Obtains $58,000.00 Settlement In Motor Vehicle Accident Case

RJA’s client was driving in Carver, Massachusetts on a Sunday afternoon when a driver on an intersecting street went through a stop sign and crashed into our client’s vehicle. The force of the collision caused our client’s vehicle to perform a 360 degree spin until it came to rest against a telephone pole. As a result of the accident, our client suffered a fracture to

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Former Springfield cop Jeffrey Asher is seeking a new trial

In 2012, a police officer in Springfield was convicted criminally based upon actions taken during the course of an arrest.  Following the conviction, the officer retained RJA to pursue an appeal on his behalf.  In the brief filed with the Massachusetts Appeals Court, RJA argued that the trial judge did not instruct the jury properly on the applicable law, as she failed to provide guidance

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RJA Obtains Dismissal Of Assault, Battery And Emotional Distress Claims Against Lawrence Police Sergeant On First Day Of Trial

An attorney often is required to persuade a judge or a jury on a particular issue.  More rarely achieved, but no less important, is an attorney’s ability to persuade an opposing counsel to concede. RJA was retained to represent a sergeant with the Lawrence Police Department with regard to claims made by a plaintiff who alleged that she was assaulted and battered, resulting in a

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RJA Obtains Over $410,000.00 For Wrongfully Terminated Police Lieutenant

RJA’s client, a police lieutenant for the Wareham Police Department, was terminated from the employment that he had held for more than twenty years, and almost all of his adult life.  Believing that the termination was improperly driven by personal and political reasons, RJA soon set out, with its client, to gather together the strong evidence and arguments to prove that the firing was unjust.

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RJA Succeeds In Securing Favorable Judgment On Complex Civil Rights Claim Against A Revere Police Officer

Federal civil rights claims are known to be among the most complex areas of the law and require, for a successful defense, experienced litigators who are well-versed in constitutional law.  RJA’s client, a police officer for the City of Revere, was sued in federal court in Boston for, among other things, allegedly violating the plaintiff’s First, Second and Fourth Amendment rights through an earlier arrest.

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RJA Prevails In Disciplinary Case Involving Springfield MA Police Sergeant

Recently, RJA was retained by a Sergeant with the Springfield Police Department  to represent him in a civil service disciplinary hearing.  The Sergeant was alleged to have made racially insensitive remarks to and about a police officer, resulting in the officer filing a complaint with the City.  During the course of the hearing, RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini carried out a particularly bruising cross examination of

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Massachusetts State Troopers Win Judgment in Federal Civil Rights Action

Massachusetts State Troopers Win Judgment in Federal Civil Rights Action Arising Out of Their Response to White Power Demonstration A federal jury returned a verdict in favor of two Massachusetts State Police troopers in a federal civil rights cases arising out of their response to a demonstration by a white power activist who participated in a demonstration outside the State House on White Pride Day

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