Thursday, July 10, 2008

Update on Jury's $4.5 Million+ Civil Rights Award Against Cambridge

Bob La Trémouille reports:

I have been keeping track of the Middlesex (MA) Superior Court case, Monteiro et al v. City of Cambridge. This is the case in which a jury has found the City of Cambridge, MA guilty of firing a black woman department head in retaliation for her filing a discrimination complaint. The jury awarded over a million dollars in actual damages and $3.5 million in penal damages.

Of major importance here is the extreme hyporcrisy of government in Cambridge, MA. If this jury verdict goes final, there is a possibility that the Cambridge City Council, as bad as it is, will have no choice but to fire the Cambridge City Manager for extreme misbehavior in office.

On June 19, 2008, the judge conducted a hearing on Cambridge's post trial motions to set aside or reduce the jury's verdict. These motions were filed on June 12, 2008 with regard to the jury verdict entered on May 19, 2008.

I checked on the matter this past Tuesday, July 8. No judge's decision has been filed.

On July 3, additional papers were filed under the name of "Defendant's Post Trial Submissions."