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DON ADAMS UPDATE: Teamster Beating Victims Appeal Judge's Order To Pay Union $15 Grand
Committee for Constitutional Justice | 10/10/2007 | Don Adams

Posted on 10/10/2007 7:32:52 PM PDT by Physicist

COMMITTEE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL JUSTICE
P.O. Box 306, Cheltenham, PA 19012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2007
Contact: Don Adams, ###.###.####

Teamster Beating Victims Appeal Judge’s Order To Pay Union $15 Grand

Philadelphia – Two Clinton protesters, viciously beaten up by a group of pro-Clinton teamsters outside Philadelphia’s City Hall during a presidential visit nine years ago, last week appealed a federal judge’s order to pay two teamster unions $15,000.00 in legal costs stemming from an October, 2000 Federal Civil Rights suit.

Five members of Teamsters Local 115 eventually pled guilty to criminal assault, conspiracy, and various other charges in the attack.

Last month, Judge William Yohn ordered the beating victims, Don Adams and his sister Teri Adams, to pay the unions $15,000.00 in costs—but dismissed the unions’ demand for a couple hundred thousand dollars in attorneys fees, stating in his decision that the suit was “not frivolous.”

The Adamses’ attorney, Trey Mayfield, believes the Adamses have strong grounds for an appeal. “This case was clearly ‘not frivolous’—it was, and is, an egregious violation of the law. The teamsters should be compensating the Adamses, not the other way around.”

Beating victim Teri Adams added, “I think it’s outrageous for the Teamsters to expect us to pay them—especially since numerous members, led by local union boss John Morris, were not only responsible for beating us up in an attempt to squelch our freedom of speech, but also for the malicious prosecution and defamation of my brother, Don.”

A few weeks after the October 2, 1998 assault, Mr. Morris, then head of Teamsters Local 115 and a Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, spoke on camera to Bill Baldini of Channel 10 News—accusing Mr. Adams of hitting two female teamsters and of being a member of the mafia.

Mr. Adams eventually stood trial in 1999 on trumped up charges brought by Teamster Heather Diocson and was found “not guilty.”

Several years ago, Judge Yohn dismissed the Adamses’ Federal Civil Rights claim and remanded the remainder of the civil suit, Adams, et al. v. Teamsters Local 115, et al., back to Pennsylvania State Court. A trial has been scheduled for April, 2008 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.

Attorney Trey Mayfield will represent the Adamses before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. He can be reached at ###.###.####.

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

DON ADAMS, ET AL.,
     PLAINTIFFS
 
     v.
 
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 115, ET AL.,
     DEFENDANTS
  CIVIL ACTION

NO. 99-CV-4910

NOTICE OF APPEAL

 

Notice is hereby given that Don Adams and Theresa Adams, Plaintiffs in the above-named case, hereby appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from, (a) the September 4, 2007 Order which entered judgment in favor of Defendant Teamsters Local 115 and against plaintiffs Don Adams and Theresa Adams in the amount of $450.10; and, (b) the September 4, 2007 Order which entered judgment in favor of defendant International Brotherhood of Teamsters and against plaintiffs Don Adams and Theresa Adams in the amount of $14,625.94.

  Joseph M. Adams, Esquire
Attorney for Plaintiffs Don and Theresa Adams
Dated: October 2, 2007



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: adams; donadams; filthydelphia; philadelphia; philly; teamsters; thugs; uniongoons; unions
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To those of you who wondered whether the Adamses would appeal the atrocious decision in favor of the Teamsters, here is your answer: an emphatic yes! I really don't know how they summon the will to swing their legs out of bed in the morning, let far alone continue fighting this good fight, but they do. Nine years and counting. I can't imagine it.

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REMEDIAL SECTION:

Who-what-where:

There was I time on FreeRepublic when I didn't have to introduce the topic of Don Adams. Other than Whitewater, it was FreeRepublic's first cause celebre.

In as few words as I can bear to muster, this is what happened. On October 2, 1998, Don and his sister Teri were beaten by members of the Teamsters Union for the crime of protesting against Clinton in Philadelphia.

(I myself had been attacked by the same mob earlier in the day, and I witnessed the Adams incident. I reported the events on FreeRepublic. One famous result was that it prompted Jim Robinson to call for a march on Washington, DC, which drew around 4000 people on October 31, 1998, to demand Clinton's impeachment.)

The DA filed no charges, so Don and Teri Adams pursued private criminal complaints against two of the Teamsters (Kevin McNulty and Marc Nardone), along with Teamster Local 115 boss Johnny Morris. In response, the Teamsters filed charges against Don Adams. McNulty and Nardone copped a plea and got probation. Morris walked. Don Adams was subjected to the indignity of a trial, and was acquitted in July, 1999. Meanwhile, three other Teamsters were identified from video: Charlie Davis, Mark Hopkins, and Norma Bottomer. Don and Teri Adams filed another private criminal complaint, to which the defendants copped pleas and received probation.

In November of 1999, IBT President James Hoffa ordered that Teamsters Local 115 be placed into trusteeship, and that Johnny Morris be stripped of his powers, partly as a result of the Adams beating incident. Morris contested this bitterly until the end of his life.

The civil phase has been lurching along slowly since the end of the criminal phase.

Why you should care:

It is the business of Freepers to exercise our rights under the First Amendment. When we talk back to power, we have an expectation of being secure in our persons, in our property, and in our liberty. If Don and Teri Adams lose, none of these expectations are valid. It will mean that the men in power can silence us at will, without serious consequences. Five foot-soldiers of the totalitarians have received probation. That's something. But unfortunately Don and Teri have been made to pay a long series of terrible prices over the last five years, and much more lies ahead. I expect it to get worse for them before it gets better.

Would YOU be up to it?


LINKS:

Here is the Don Adams Page, back again in its full glory!

Civil Case:

My Affadavit For The Don Adams Civil Case
My Subpoena From Teamsters Local 115 (Don Adams Case)
Rendell Threatens to Walk During Deposition

Johnny Morris criminal case:

Court KOs Activist in Fight with Morris [DON ADAMS UPDATE]
DON ADAMS PRESS RELEASE: Criminal Complaint Against Teamster Leader John Morris Dropped

Davis, Hopkins, Bottomer criminal case:

Teamster Trio To Be Sentenced Today For Beating Clinton Protesters
Teamsters Sentenced to Probation in Adams Beating Case
3 Teamsters are Sentenced for Roughing Up Protester

McNulty and Nardone criminal case:

Pretrial hearing of Kevin McNulty and Marc Nardone, on February 10, 1999. Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

1 posted on 10/10/2007 7:32:59 PM PDT by Physicist
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2 posted on 10/10/2007 7:34:31 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: TAdams8591; Elle Bee; kuipo maui; phillyfilly; dirtboy; Jim Robinson; Doctor Raoul; abner; ...
Don and Teri Adams Ping!

If you want on or off this ping list, please let me know.

3 posted on 10/10/2007 7:34:52 PM PDT by Physicist
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To: diverteach

Missed it by THAT much.


4 posted on 10/10/2007 7:42:04 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Physicist

BUMP for justice!


5 posted on 10/10/2007 7:42:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Choosing the lesser of two evils' ...How's that workin' out for ya?)
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To: Physicist
bump for action. This is incredible. That the MSM ignores this discraceful story shows how morally bankrupt they are.
6 posted on 10/10/2007 7:55:46 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Physicist

I have followed this from day 1. I’m glad they’re doing this.

God speed.


7 posted on 10/10/2007 7:57:41 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Physicist

Hello, Physicist. It’s been awhile since I have been here. I was here often when this happened to Don and Teri, but was surprised to see this up again on the thread listing!! I cannot believe what I read! I sure hope they are prepared to take this to the Supreme Court if it becomes necessary.


8 posted on 10/10/2007 8:00:39 PM PDT by Constitution1st (Never, never, never quit - Winston Churchill)
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To: Physicist

How do victims wind up paying the legal costs of the abusers?


9 posted on 10/10/2007 8:01:36 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: ConservativeMind
How do victims wind up paying the legal costs of the abusers?

Only in America, land of crazy judges and more than crazy verdicts.

10 posted on 10/10/2007 8:06:57 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Physicist

If the Teamsters get paid for just beating someone up, can I get paid A LOT for like....killing a French guy, or somethin’.....?


11 posted on 10/10/2007 8:12:49 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Physicist

What should one expect from a judge who also ruled in this case:

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2002/01/01-07-02tdc/01-07-02dnews-07.asp


12 posted on 10/10/2007 8:14:08 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Physicist

Your friends are damn fine gutsy Americans , if it comes down to their having to pay I’ll kick in a couple of hundred. You know how to find me.


13 posted on 10/10/2007 8:15:39 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: gaijin

I remember this from...forever. This has dragged on and on and on. This single episode has done as much to undermine my faith in American jurisprudence as maybe the McMartin kingergarten trial and the OJ trial.


14 posted on 10/10/2007 8:15:40 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Physicist

This Philadelphia justice is shocking.

I’m so sorry for Don and Teri. I think about you guys everytime I see FReepers joined together.


15 posted on 10/10/2007 8:20:02 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Physicist

This is one of the most egregious cases I have ever known of.

It’s almost impossible to beat a union in the peoples repugnik of Pennsylvania.


16 posted on 10/10/2007 8:23:50 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: Physicist

Don and Teri are my heroes. And you have been a wonderful friend to them all this time.

Please let them know we still support them.

I ask Almighty God to give them justice and peace, even in Philadelphia.

To my fellow Freepers: this blatant brownshirt Gestapo tactics is what we are facing with another Clinton Presidency.

Future generations of Americans will curse us if we allow them to reoccupy our White House.

Start talking now to family and friends ESPECIALLY THE WOMEN about Hillary’s criminality and enabling in the serial abuse of women by her rapist husband for almost 20 years.


17 posted on 10/10/2007 8:32:04 PM PDT by exit82 (Major General, Armchair Warriors USA)
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To: Physicist; Gail Wynand

bttt


18 posted on 10/10/2007 8:41:43 PM PDT by longshadow (FReeper #405, entering his tenth year of ignoring nitwits, nutcases, and recycled newbies)
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To: jwalsh07; Physicist
I'll pony up some money as well.

Send me private FReepmail, if things go that way...

19 posted on 10/10/2007 9:27:51 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Physicist

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 10/10/2007 9:29:25 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Physicist
Thanks for the update, Physicist. It's the never-ending saga ........................ FRegards
21 posted on 10/10/2007 9:45:48 PM PDT by gonzo (My Mother never understood the irony of calling me a 'son-of-a-bitch' ...)
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To: Balding_Eagle; Physicist

Dittos, Physicist. Best wishes and pray that justice will prevail.


22 posted on 10/10/2007 10:30:26 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: gaijin

The injustice just never ends.


23 posted on 10/10/2007 10:42:59 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Duncan Hunter / Alan Keyes '08)
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To: Physicist

Prayers for the Adams. I hope and pray they win against these union thugs.


24 posted on 10/11/2007 4:21:05 AM PDT by Budge (<>< Sit Nomen Domini benedictum. <><)
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To: Physicist
Morning bump!
25 posted on 10/11/2007 4:54:47 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist; TAdams8591
Good morning Teri and Don. Your intestinal fortitude is beyond belief, and so is your faith in the justice system. Even though it continues to fail you.

I remember asking Don and Teri this once before, but forgot the answer. Why can't there be a change of venue?

I ask the Lord to give you strength in your fight for justice, and a positive outcome that is long, long overdue.

5.56mm

26 posted on 10/11/2007 6:54:05 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Physicist

Bump


27 posted on 10/11/2007 7:13:04 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist

I remember seeing the video where the Union thug “put the hat” on the target to be beaten. IT’S ON VIDEO. This judge is a ass.


28 posted on 10/11/2007 8:21:24 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

So is the Union that wouldn’t let Americans speak freely.


29 posted on 10/11/2007 8:27:09 AM PDT by Son House ($$Proud Member of Vast Right Wing, Out To Lower Your Tax Rates For More Opportunities.$$)
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To: Physicist

Teamsters (IBT)
National Headquarters
25 LOUISIANA AVENUE NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20001

http://www.unionfacts.com/unions/unionProfile.cfm?id=93

.
Leadership
Top 10 International IBT Leaders & Staff (by Salary)
Name Title Total Compensation
James Hoffa Gen President $ 335,657
C Thomas Keegel Gen Sec-treas $ 297,583
Forrest Johnson Vp, Trd Div Dir, Intl Rep $ 208,478
Richard Bell Exec Asst To The Gst $ 190,494
Robert Bouvier Vp & Intl Rep $ 187,779
Gary Witlen Department Dir $ 186,687
Cheryl Johnson Department Dir $ 184,901
Harry Dellinger Jr. Admin. Asst To Gst $ 174,906
Philip Young Vp & Intl Rep $ 174,509
Fred Gegare Vp, Trd Div Dir, Intl Rep $ 172,375
[show all officers & salaries]

Source: Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards LM filings
UnionFacts.com is committed to 100% accuracy. Please contact us with factual corrections & comments.


30 posted on 10/11/2007 8:34:14 AM PDT by Son House ($$Proud Member of Vast Right Wing, Out To Lower Your Tax Rates For More Opportunities.$$)
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To: M Kehoe

Thank you very much for your prayers, M Kehoe! We very much need them! : )


31 posted on 10/11/2007 8:46:31 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Physicist

Beautiful post, Phys! Thank you so much for all the hard work! : )


32 posted on 10/11/2007 8:48:22 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Son House

There is also a miscarriage of justice that allows Unions to use violence in “Job Actions”. That means they can practically kill you if they can relate it to a Union activity.


33 posted on 10/11/2007 8:50:42 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Physicist

BTTT


34 posted on 10/11/2007 8:51:53 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: Physicist

Bump.


35 posted on 10/11/2007 8:54:45 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: Budge

You have been a friend from the beginning. Thank you for your prayers and all your support, Budge! : )


36 posted on 10/11/2007 9:01:35 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Physicist
Those union boys are classy!


37 posted on 10/11/2007 9:02:00 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: massgopguy

Hadn’t heard that yet.


38 posted on 10/11/2007 9:04:46 AM PDT by Son House ($$Proud Member of Vast Right Wing, Out To Lower Your Tax Rates For More Opportunities.$$)
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To: JZelle

THAT was awful! I read about it at the time.


39 posted on 10/11/2007 9:13:02 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Physicist; Jim Robinson

Don and I could not have continued to fight this, without the help of Free Republic. Thank you, Jim! : )


40 posted on 10/11/2007 9:19:36 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: All

This case sreams for an abuse of discression ruling.

The fact there was a criminal CONVICTION shuts down the thugs and should of been used as presumptive proof.


41 posted on 10/11/2007 9:23:41 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Physicist

Been following this from the day it happened. Thanks for staying with it and reporting to us. Glad they are still fighting on!


42 posted on 10/11/2007 9:23:49 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: TAdams8591

Your faith and fortitude is inspiring, TA.


43 posted on 10/11/2007 9:30:26 AM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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To: diverteach

...and your point is?


44 posted on 10/11/2007 9:38:56 AM PDT by restornu (No one is perfect but you can always strive to do the right thing! Press Forward Mitt!)
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To: restornu
resty,

My father who was almost exactly the same age as the actor who shared his name, (and had the name FIRST) was always teased about it, and saw the humor as he loved the character Don Adams portrayed. I'm sure were Dad alive, he would have a good laugh. So in his honor, we'll laugh too! : )

45 posted on 10/11/2007 9:48:49 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: redgirlinabluestate

Thanks for the kind words, RG. : )


46 posted on 10/11/2007 9:50:09 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

Sending up prayers for your continued resolve, and that you will find the justice for which you have been fighting for so long.


47 posted on 10/11/2007 10:31:32 AM PDT by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: TAdams8591
Thank you for the FReep mail. Now I remember either you or Don explaining the change of venue issue before. Many years ago. I'm sorry I forgot.

You have many people who support you here. Best of luck to you both.

5.56mm

48 posted on 10/11/2007 11:12:22 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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BTTT. Lots of oldtimers on this thread - lots of names I haven’t seen for a while.........must be doing more lurking than posting these days...... ;o)


49 posted on 10/11/2007 11:25:32 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: lonevoice

Thank you, lonevoice. Your prayers are much appreciated! : )


50 posted on 10/11/2007 3:34:00 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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