Litchfield, CT (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Julian Morris says that a LawyersandSettlements.com article regarding his DUI case in 2008 was used as evidence that he had been harmed. His attorney demonstrated that Morris’ reputation was damaged because the article was viewed nationwide. “The defense argued that my reputation wasn’t damaged because nobody—except locally--knew about my case, but your article proved them wrong,” says Julian.
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At the time in which the article about Julian Morris' false arrest case was published (July 2008), it was not known if Julian would file a personal injury lawsuit to sue for the damage caused to his reputation. “Your article inspired me to seek legal counsel and I did bring legal action against Connecticut State Police Officer Jeffery Poach and Connecticut DEP Sgt. James Warren (Morris v. Warren, et al., Case No. 3:10-cv-01167-SRU, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut),” says Julian.
The false arrest case was allowed to proceed through summary judgment against Sgt. James Warren for malicious prosecution and a compromise was strongly suggested by the presiding Federal Judge. A resolution was reached through the Federal Magistrate whereby the State of Connecticut agrees to pay the Plaintiff a monetary sum.
Julian’s DUI (Driving Under the Influence) was tossed out of court by Superior Court Judge Paul Matasavage, who indicated that Morris should never have been charged with a crime in the first place. Morris had passed the breathalyzer test after a paddlewheel boat he was operating capsized—they were caught in a storm. Still, Morris--a former police officer--had been arrested for boating under the influence.
Julian says he was charged with DUI because of one police officer seemed to have a personal vendetta against him. “They said my eyes were bloodshot but I am allergic to the lake water,” he says. They said ‘subject was evasive’ but I was careful answering my questions—having been a cop. They convoluted and twisted everything.”
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was also at the scene. Because the accident happened on a state lake, the state police turned the case over to the DEP. And because Julian passed the breathalyzer test at the state police barracks, the police knew they didn’t have a DUI case. But the DEP charged Julian with the felony version of boating over the influence, a higher charge, and without chemical evidence.
“Hence my attorney went after malicious prosecution,” says Julian. “Still, the DEP continued to state that the police officers did a fine job of investigation. It showed up in the local newspaper for weeks until we went to trial, which lasted 10 minutes due to lack of evidence.”
The prosecution dropped the charges but it was a traumatic experience for Julian, regardless. And time consuming. For his personal injury lawsuit, Julian had to provide 10 years of tax forms; and he had to answer hundreds of personal questions sent by the defense.
“In my opinion, the judges were sympathetic to my case because they allowed it to progress to summary judgment. They suggested that the defendant settle, then we went to a settlement hearing.
“To this day the DEP contend that they did nothing wrong and I have yet to receive my settlement. But I am thankful to LawyersandSettlements.com for being instrumental in saving my reputation.”
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