Court finds plaintiff waived 5th amendment right in civil case

Terrell Roberts represented the plaintiffs,  Ronald and Anne Moser, in the civil case, which ended up with a decision in the Mosers’ favor in Maryland Court of Appeals.  The Mosers were the victims of an embezzlement and theft by their bookkeeper, whose crimes they reported to the police.  Oddly, the bookkeeper sued the Mosers for defamation, which was nothing short of a scheme to pressure the Mosers to back away from their criminal complaint.  This did not work.  The decision of the Court of Appeals affirms the principle that a party who gives a deposition in a civil case cannot in the same proceeding invoke the Fifth Amendment at the trial of the civil matter.

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Man Awarded $160K in Wrongful Arrest Suit Against Prince George’s County Police

www.nbcwashington.com – April 12, 2013

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Man Awarded $160K in Wrongful Arrest Suit Against Prince George’s County Police

A restaurant manager held for 13 hours by Prince George’s County police received a $160,000 judgment against them. Sabah Ali said he has a lot of respect and admiration for police officers, but what happened to him in October 2011 was over the line.

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Putting the Screws To Police Brutality.

The Washington Post – August 04, 2003

Julius LaRosa Booker was allegedly smoking crack inside a stolen van with a prostitute. Robert Zimmerman and Michael Andre Simms were charged with stealing a refrigerator from a house. Anthony Casella was convicted of helping to pull off an armed robbery of a pizza shop. Timothy S. Traynor was arrested on a warrant charging him with breaking and entering.

All of them sued the Prince George’s County Police Department, alleging that officers released police dogs on them without justification. Some said officers beat them for no reason. And in all the cases with the plaintiffs represented by attorney Terrell N. Roberts III — the county wound up paying five- and six-figure settlements or jury awards…

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