Constitutional/Civil Rights Litigation

  • Pacek v. County of Allegheny, et al. - Federal District Court (Pittsburgh, Pa.) ­Plaintiff brought constitutional civil rights claims alleging false arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution. Plaintiff had been convicted by a jury in 1958 on charges of rape and murder, but claimed that he was framed. Plaintiff was pardoned by the Governor in 1991, which triggered a two-year statute of limitations period, and allowed the filing of the lawsuit. Obtained summary judgment for defendants on all claims in this newsworthy case with novel and complex legal issues. The underlying facts of the case are chronicled in the book Fall Guys - False Confessions and the Politics of Murder (Author Jim Fisher and published by Southern Illinois University Press - 1996).
  • Day v. County of Allegheny, et al. - Federal Court (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Plaintiff brought civil rights claims alleging false arrest, false imprisonment and other 1983 claims under the United States Constitution and various claims under state law. Obtained defense verdict on behalf of all defendants after lengthy jury trial.
  • Barnhart v. Allegheny County Prison Board, et al. - Federal District Court (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Plaintiff brought constitutional civil rights claims against municipal and individual defendants alleging a policy, practice, procedure and custom of brutality by corrections officers at the Allegheny County Jail. Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of all defendants following a jury trial.
  • Smith v. National Restaurant Chain (names protected by confidentiality agreement). - Federal District Court (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Plaintiff brought claims of sexual harassment and violations of civil rights. Obtained dismissal of all claims on behalf of defendant and against plaintiff.
  • Beatty v. County of Allegheny, et al. - Federal District Court (Pittsburgh, Pa.) ­Obtained dismissal of plaintiff's claims on behalf of all defendants following the filing of various motions for sanctions for failure of plaintiff to respond to discovery and/or to prosecute the action. Plaintiff, a municipal police chief, brought constitutional civil rights claims against county and individual defendants alleging false arrest and malicious prosecution as a result of charges brought against him by the county district attorney.