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Leo T. Sorokin
A Boston Police Department commissioner who was fired over domestic abuse allegations argued Tuesday that his defamation suit against the city requires testimony from a Davis Malm PC attorney who compiled a report on the claims.
The city of Boston asked a federal judge to reject a subpoena from the city's former police commissioner seeking to question a Davis Malm PC attorney who was tapped to write a report on domestic abuse allegations that got the commissioner fired.
A federal judge said Tuesday the former Boston police commissioner can move forward with defamation and invasion of privacy claims against the city tied to the previous mayor's airing of domestic abuse allegations against the top cop, while throwing out other parts of the case.
A Boston federal judge hinted on Monday that he might strip constitutional claims from a lawsuit filed by the city's former police commissioner and return the fight over his termination in the wake of domestic abuse allegations to state court.
Boston has shaken up its legal team by hiring attorneys from Nixon Peabody LLP to defend against claims that acting Mayor Kim Janey illegally rushed to judgment by firing the police commissioner over domestic violence allegations, according to court filings in the defamation and civil rights suit.