| Shelton cop dispute has
its day in court
MICHAEL P. MAYKO email@example.com Friday, October 27, 2000
BRIDGEPORT -- Shelton's police union president criticized the city's
At least that's what Kathleen Eldergill, the lawyer for Police Union
Shelton Corporation Counsel Thomas Welch said Lewis' constant criticism
For nearly two hours Thursday, Hall peppered both sides with questions.
Afterward, the judge said she
Earlier this year, Lewis sued Voccola and the city for violating
his right of free speech by suspending him
Hall said her decision would turn on the "balances of interests."
If the judge rules in favor of Lewis, she asked Eldergill and Welch to try to agree on a proposed order.
Following the hearing, Eldergill said the burden was on the city
to show Lewis spoke recklessly. She
Eldergill said that, when Lewis called the chief a racist, he had
a tape recording of the chief using the
"Everything [Lewis raised] is a matter of public concern," Eldergill said.
It was later determined that Voccola's son had received points for
a college degree that he did not have.
Welch argued Lewis' criticism often turned ugly. On the union Web
site, Lewis published a photo of two
"Did his statements disrupt operations?' Hall asked.
Eldergill said "this was not a police department where everything
was rosy Before Michael Lewis made
She maintained that "the fact the chief made racial remarks should offend the public and did."
Welch claimed Lewis' language added a disruptive fire to the 50-member
department already deemed
"Does a police officer check his First Amendment [rights] because
the department needs to be turned