Constitutional Law

The firm has vast experience in protecting constitutional rights.

I have much experience in cases involving free speech, false arrest, excessive force, illegal searches, due process rights to notice before tax sale of property, rights of students, the rights of churches, the right to bodily integrity, the right to videotape in public, and many other related issues.

The firm has established many landmark decisions protecting rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Com. v. Johnson, 368 Pa. Super. 427, 534 A. 2d 511 (1987); Roe v. O.R., 123 F.R.D. 500 (E.D. Pa. 1988), 710 F. Supp. 577 (E.D. Pa. 1989), 919 F. 2d 857 (3rd Cir. 1990); NWC v. McMonagle, 868 F. 2d 1342 (3rd Cir. 1989); Slotterback v. Interboro S.D., 766 F. Supp. 280 (E.D. Pa. 1991); Sease v. S.D. of Philadelphia, 811 F. Supp. 183 (E.D. Pa. 1993); Matter of Waldron, 43 Chester County 29 (1994); Com. v. Gillis, 61 Pa. D & C 4th 42 (2002); Com. v. Rose, 820 A. 2d 164 (Pa. Super. 2003); Victory Outreach Center v. Melso, 313 F. Supp. 2d 481 & 371 F. Supp. 2d 642 (E.D. Pa. 2004); Birdine v. City of Coatesville, 347 F. Supp. 2d 182 (E.D. Pa. 2004) and 225 F.R.D. 157 (E.D.Pa. 2004); Snell v. Duffy, 306 F. Supp. 2d 506 (E.D. Pa. 2004); Robinson v. Fetterman, 378 F. Supp. 2d 534 & 387 F. Supp. 2nd 432 & 483 (E.D. Pa. 2005); Gilles v. Davis, 427 F. 3rd 197 (3rd Cir. 2005); Siegel v. Miller, 446 F. Supp. 2nd 246 (E.D. Pa. 2006); First Korean Church of New York, Inc. v. Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals, 926 A. 2nd 543 (Pa. Com. 2006); LeBoon v. Lancaster Jewish Community Center Ass, 504 F. 3rd 217 (3rd Cir. 2007); Frantz v. Gress, 520 F. Supp. 2nd 677 (E.D.Pa. 2007); Dreibelbis v. Scholton, 274 Fed. Appx 183 (3rd Cir. 2008); Nelson v. Ulster County, NY, 789 F. Supp. 2nd 345 (N.D.N.Y. 2010) .

The aforementioned constitutional law cases include landmark cases on students’ rights to distribute literature in public schools, habeas corpus relief for speakers arrested for disorderly conduct, excessive force by police, liability of private universities for arrest of public speakers, rights of onlookers to complain of police brutality without retaliation, the right of citizens to videotape police in the exercise of the their duties, zoning of a church as a non-prerequisite to tax exemption, prerequisites for exemption from discrimination liability for a religious organization and rights of adults to participate in student activities under the Equal Access Act, and rights of due process regarding notice of tax sale of real property. In September 2011 in a false arrest, illegal search and excessive force case against police I had my largest settlement ever in a civil rights case, Asbury v. Sousa, No. 10-2394 (U.S.D.Ct., E.D.Pa. 2011)

 

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