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CLINTON PROTESTORS WIN TEN YEAR LEGAL BATTLE WITH TEAMSTERS
Don Adams | 03-21-2008 | Don Adams

Posted on 03/21/2008 4:53:50 PM PDT by TAdams8591

PHILADELPHIA COMMITTEE FOR CONSTITUIONAL JUSTICE P.O. 306, Cheltenham, PA 19012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Don Adams

CLINTON PROTESTERS AND TEAMSTERS END TEN YEAR LEGAL BATTLE

Philadelphia, PA (March 21, 2008) -- One of the few remaining civil suits stemming from the Clinton-era Lewinsky scandal—involving the vicious beating of two anti-Clinton siblings by pro-Clinton Teamsters outside Philadelphia’s City Hall during a 1998 presidential visit—settled out of court today.

The victims, Don Adams and Teri Adams, signed an agreement after Teamsters Local 115 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters opted to pay an undisclosed sum in exchange for dropping the suit, which included counts of assault, defamation of character, and malicious prosecution against the unions. A May, 2008 trial had been set by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

“Today, my sister and I are declaring victory for the First Amendment and freedom of speech,” said Mr. Adams. “Every American citizen has the right to protest the actions of any U. S. President, whether he, or she, be a Clinton or a Bush.”

The October 2, 1998 attack occurred as Mr. Adams marched with a sign calling Bill Clinton a “liar, pervert, national shame.” Two Teamsters snuck up behind him and ripped the sign out of his hand. When he and his sister turned around to retrieve it, they were encircled by a mob of Teamsters led by (then) Local 115 officer and IBT Vice President, John Morris.

Mr. Morris rammed a fedora over Mr. Adams’ face, blinding him to the onslaught of Teamsters who proceeded to jump and pummel both Adamses.

Mr. Adams suffered head injuries (including a mild concussion), lacerations, bruising, and a herniated (neck) disc. He was treated at an area hospital. Ms. Adams, who tried to protect her brother, was bruised but not seriously injured.

The attack was captured on videotape by local news stations and broadcast nationally at a time when (then) Mayor Ed Rendell was trying to attract both the 2000 Democratic and Republican National Conventions to the “City of Brotherly Love.”

Mr. Rendell’s spokesman, Kevin Feeley, caused a public uproar when he responded to the incident by saying, “they [the anti-Clinton protestors] chose to make their views known in the faces of Teamsters—that, generally, is not a good career choice.”

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Mr. Rendell subsequently admitted to inviting the Teamsters to the pro-Clinton rally— instructing them to “drown out [anti-Clinton] protesters.”

For his part, Mr. Morris spoke on camera to Bill Baldini of Channel 10 News—accusing Mr. Adams of hitting two female Teamsters and of belonging to the mafia.

District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who refused to criminally charge Mr. Morris for signaling the attack, prosecuted Mr. Adams on a trumped-up private criminal complaint lodged by Teamster Heather Diocson—despite news video evidence and police testimony exculpating Mr. Adams.

At Adams’ arraignment in January, 1999, Teamster attorney, Norton Brainard, offered to have the criminal complaint against Mr. Adams withdrawn on the condition that Mr. Adams drop his criminal allegations against the Teamsters. Mr. Adams declined the deal and was put on trial in July, 1999. He was found not guilty of simple assault and other misdemeanors. Mr. Adams was the only individual to stand trial in the entire matter.

In October, 2000, the Adamses filed a Federal Civil Rights suit—not only naming the Teamsters—but also Mr. Rendell and Ms. Abraham. All counts against Ms. Abraham were eventually rejected by the court on grounds of prosecutorial immunity.

In August, 2003, Federal Judge William Yohn dismissed the Adamses’ Civil Rights claims with prejudice—throwing the case out of Federal Court. In his decision, Judge Yohn set aside all federal charges against Mr. Rendell. The state counts against Rendell and the Teamsters, however, stayed in tact. The Adamses quickly appealed Judge Yohn’s ruling to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and cross-filed their claims in state court.

Because Mr. Rendell’s wife, Marjorie Rendell, sat on the 3rd Circuit bench, the Adamses’ attorney, Trey Mayfield, asked the entire 3rd Circuit to recuse itself. After a long delay, the appellate court appointed an outside panel of judges to hear the case. In 2006, the panel upheld Judge Yohn’s ruling.

The Adamses immediately moved to activate the case in Common Pleas Court, where the remaining civil counts against Mr. Rendell were dismissed in January, 2008. . Last year, Judge Yohn ordered the Adamses to pay the Teamsters $15,000.00 in legal costs arising from the Federal suit. The Adamses, again, appealed Judge Yohn’s decision to the 3rd Circuit. The issue was rendered moot by today’s settlement, whose terms are confidential.

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This is finally and officially the end for all those who were following this case. We would like to extend a special thank you to Physicist, aka Dr. Kevin Sterner, who spent many precious hours away from his family to create flawless and thorough posts regarding the progress of this case, and who helped in other ways behind the scenes, including in an advisory capacity and simply lending a listening ear. And to Jim Robinson, who from the beginning permitted us to post updates and raise funds to pursue Justice and the protection of the First Amendment.

We regret that despite a valiant effort, we were unable to hold the politicians involved in this injustice, namely PA Governor Ed Rendell (than Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell) and Philadelphia, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, accountable, though we did our utmost to do so.

To all those generous supporters and contributors to the Don Adams Defense Fund, we are deeply and forever grateful for your comfort, assistance and prayers. We could not have made such an extraordinary effort without you. Thank you dear friends, one and all! : )

1 posted on 03/21/2008 4:53:52 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Physicist

Physicist, if you can please ping the list whenever you are able!


2 posted on 03/21/2008 4:55:05 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Rush you are in a panic and are now leading the troops in the wrong direction.)
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To: TAdams8591

It’s been a long fight, good for you.
Gee, seems like yesterday.
tet.


3 posted on 03/21/2008 4:55:36 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ping for good news! : )


4 posted on 03/21/2008 4:55:52 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: tet68

Thank you. It does seem like yesterday.


5 posted on 03/21/2008 4:57:07 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

Teamster thugs get away with this sort of thing regularly.


6 posted on 03/21/2008 4:58:31 PM PDT by Radix (Pardon me for calling a spade a spade.)
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To: Radix

In this instance, five were prosecuted and placed on probation.


7 posted on 03/21/2008 5:00:13 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

I hope you took them for everything they’re worth. I remember when this happened, and have been following the serial injustices done to you. I’m glad you got something for your trouble.


8 posted on 03/21/2008 5:00:28 PM PDT by Content Provider
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To: TAdams8591

Some justice is better than none at all. I’m sure you’re glad it’s over. I hope you are at least somewhat compensated for all you went through.


9 posted on 03/21/2008 5:01:00 PM PDT by MizSterious (The Republican Party is infected with the RINO-virus)
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To: TAdams8591; Physicist

"AND I HELPED!"

(just kidding)

10 posted on 03/21/2008 5:02:38 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Tribune7
LINK TO TODAY'S PHILADELPHIA BULLETIN STORY

Please ping our fellow Pennsylvanians.

11 posted on 03/21/2008 5:03:24 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Content Provider

Thank you very much for following it lo these many years.


12 posted on 03/21/2008 5:04:56 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

Didn’t the Teamster’s national organization come in and physically remove Morris from the headquarters and kick him out of the leadership?


13 posted on 03/21/2008 5:05:34 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: TAdams8591

God bless you and Don.


14 posted on 03/21/2008 5:07:25 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: the_Watchman

Yes. It took some doing even after this incident, but this matter definitely helped in the removal of John Morris as head of local 115, and entirely from the union.


15 posted on 03/21/2008 5:08:14 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

I remember when this happened, it was like FreeRepublic
put us right there, the first time and certainly not the last.


16 posted on 03/21/2008 5:08:33 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Thank you! We could sure use God’s blessing. Good to hear from you and a sincere thank you for all your support! : )


17 posted on 03/21/2008 5:09:45 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: tet68

It was on FR, before we even got home, though at the time, I was not yet a member.


18 posted on 03/21/2008 5:11:19 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

What happened to you and Don could have happened to any of us who protested the corrupt Clinton administration. I’ve encountered enough union bullying over these past ten years, but luckily not as bad as what you and Don experienced.


19 posted on 03/21/2008 5:12:50 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: TAdams8591
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and the RATS, take another one in the..................HA ha!!!

20 posted on 03/21/2008 5:13:34 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Chode

LOL! Now that’s funny!!!! : )


21 posted on 03/21/2008 5:15:11 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: CounterCounterCulture
"I’ve encountered enough union bullying over these past ten years, but luckily not as bad as what you and Don experienced>"

Believe me, you have no idea.

22 posted on 03/21/2008 5:16:27 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591
I would have pursued a much less honorable, more rewarding resolution of grievances against the Teamsters.
23 posted on 03/21/2008 5:17:48 PM PDT by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: TAdams8591

10 long yeears. Congratulations.


24 posted on 03/21/2008 5:21:36 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: TAdams8591
Woo Hoo,I am so happy this over for you and your brother.I saw it happen live on local TV and almost fell over.I knew you were freepers.I saw the hat and the attack.God bless you both for your courage,Fatima
25 posted on 03/21/2008 5:21:48 PM PDT by fatima
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To: TAdams8591

This is not the end for Rendell’s troubles. Peter Paul is going to have him under oath. http://youtube.com/watch?v=aK16tyxUoZ8

I spoke with his communications office today to get a comment about Aaron Tonken’s accusation that Rendell tried to bribe him. Tonken later wore a government wire. You are going to be grilled, Fast Eddie.


26 posted on 03/21/2008 5:23:23 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: TAdams8591

just an isolated incident.....move along...nothing to see here.....

http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110005741


27 posted on 03/21/2008 5:24:45 PM PDT by flat
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To: doug from upland

Rut Row.:)


28 posted on 03/21/2008 5:25:03 PM PDT by fatima
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To: doug from upland

Beat ya to it. We grilled Rendell first, under oath at two depositions. : )


29 posted on 03/21/2008 5:27:50 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Jean S

Too long, Jean. Longer than my original prediction of 7 years.


30 posted on 03/21/2008 5:30:07 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591
Ed Rendell should have had to pay also....and that corrupt Attorney, Mary (sp?) for the city.

COngrats Terri and Don....Vile people you had to deal with.

31 posted on 03/21/2008 5:31:34 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: TAdams8591
Congratulation, Such a long road.
32 posted on 03/21/2008 5:31:53 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming like a keynote speaker at a Wellstone memorial.........!)
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To: TAdams8591
Ed Rendell should have had to pay also....and that corrupt Attorney, Mary (sp?) for the city.

COngrats Terri and Don....Vile people you had to deal with.

OOPS...LYNNE ABRAHAM>

33 posted on 03/21/2008 5:32:04 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: TAdams8591

Very good.

I wonder why post #1 was removed?


34 posted on 03/21/2008 5:33:52 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Still looking for UART at FX1050)
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To: doug from upland
This is not the end for Rendell’s troubles. Peter Paul is going to have him under oath. http://youtube.com/watch?v=aK16tyxUoZ8 I spoke with his communications office today to get a comment about Aaron Tonken’s accusation that Rendell tried to bribe him. Tonken later wore a government wire. You are going to be grilled, Fast Eddie.

GO DOUG GO!!!

35 posted on 03/21/2008 5:34:19 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Larry Lucido
I included Physicist's real name as was done and by Physicist many times on FR in the past. It is possible he might not want that now, though.

The rest was a thank you to all.

I will have to post a separate thank you.

36 posted on 03/21/2008 5:40:31 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Ann Archy

We agree.


37 posted on 03/21/2008 5:41:28 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

I’m happy to read you’ve received some justice at last.

Scumbag union thugs and a rogue attorney. Typical Clinton.


38 posted on 03/21/2008 5:41:38 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Oh sinner, friend, for you he died.)
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To: TAdams8591

This is one of the most unbelievable judicial disgraces I can think of. Not a single judge managed to find anything remotely valid over a ten year period??? Stuning!

I hope the settlement was healthy enough to have made up the damage financially and lessened the sting of having been royally screwed by the Philly political (mob) machine. You might have just as well sued the Gambino crime family or Al Qaeda.

It’s incredibly apparent that Philly is the LEAST brotherly-loving city in America. Only by wearing a NY Giants jersey could this have been any more one-sided in its injustice.


39 posted on 03/21/2008 5:41:51 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: TAdams8591

Good news,thanks for posting it here.


40 posted on 03/21/2008 5:43:28 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: TAdams8591

Congratulations on the resolution. I was a lurker back then but remember being outraged at the brazen attack and the Rendell role in the whole sordid situation. What irks me more than anything else about the Clintons and their friends like Rendell is the way they pick on regular people (Billy Dale comes to mind).


41 posted on 03/21/2008 5:43:55 PM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: TAdams8591; Admin Moderator
I included Physicist's real name as was done and by Physicist many times on FR in the past. It is possible he might not want that now, though.

Not a problem at all. I've never made a secret of my true identity.

AM, can you restore #1? Thanks!

42 posted on 03/21/2008 5:44:59 PM PDT by Physicist
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To: TAdams8591; Elle Bee; kuipo maui; phillyfilly; dirtboy; Jim Robinson; Doctor Raoul; abner; ...
Don and Teri Adams ping!
43 posted on 03/21/2008 5:46:00 PM PDT by Physicist
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To: bpjam
"It’s incredibly apparent that Philly is the LEAST brotherly-loving city in America."

Sadly, we couldn't agree more.

"Only by wearing a NY Giants jersey could this have been any more one-sided in its injustice."

Funny and true.

44 posted on 03/21/2008 5:48:47 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Physicist

Will do. Thanks!


45 posted on 03/21/2008 5:49:17 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Physicist

Thank YOU once again, Kevin! : )


46 posted on 03/21/2008 5:49:39 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Larry Lucido

Get ready, LL! Number one is coming back. : )


47 posted on 03/21/2008 5:50:30 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Numbers Guy

The Clintons are bullies, no doubt about it.


48 posted on 03/21/2008 5:51:26 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

Ten Years! It seems like yesterday when I read here on FreeRepublic about you getting beat up by the Teamsters. I hope all worked out well for you.


49 posted on 03/21/2008 5:51:49 PM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: TAdams8591; Physicist

Lesser people would have given up long ago. You and Don were valiant, always trying to hold these scalawags accountable.

The prejudice of these union officials, the Philly politicians, and Fast Eddie, along with a corrupt DA Lynne Abraham, represented a mountain of evil to climb.

We are proud of you. You will always be No.1 in the Freeper Hall of Fame.

Someday, true justice will be administered by the Judge above all judges. Mr. Morris may have made his acquaintance already.

God bless you, Teri, and Don. A big thank you to Dr. Kevin, who faithfully kept all of us informed over these long years.

Today, there is release and deliverance, just as there was on the first Good Friday. Let us be glad and rejoice in it.

Happy Easter to you all.


50 posted on 03/21/2008 6:02:42 PM PDT by exit82 (People get the government they deserve. And they are about to get it--in spades.)
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