Skip to comments.CLINTON PROTESTORS WIN TEN YEAR LEGAL BATTLE WITH TEAMSTERS
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 scandalinvolving the vicious beating of two anti-Clinton siblings by pro-Clinton Teamsters outside Philadelphias City Hall during a 1998 presidential visitsettled 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. Rendells 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 Teamstersthat, 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 Newsaccusing 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 Diocsondespite 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 suitnot only naming the Teamstersbut 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 prejudicethrowing 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 Yohns ruling to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and cross-filed their claims in state court.
Because Mr. Rendells 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 Yohns 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 Yohns decision to the 3rd Circuit. The issue was rendered moot by todays settlement, whose terms are confidential.
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Yeah, me too. : )
Glad to see you got some justice after 10 years of blatant corruption. Your case has shined the light on just how bad the system has become.
And we had a hell'uv a time in civil court. Far more difficult than we imagined.
I hope you two got 7 figures out of it, you surely deserved it.
Bless you both in Your Victory! That was one long row to hoe!
Justice delayed, but now no longer denied. I know you can’t say what you got, but I hope it was enough to hurt the union thugs.
Of course that may not jive with one of my other goals of living long enough to p*** on Clintoons grave someday.
That was my first laugh of the day.
I wonder if they will have to post 24 hr guard to prevent everyone who be trying to do the same.
Again thanks for the laugh.
I’ve been waiting (for years) to hear the final outcome of this case. And finally there is one. Hope you are satisfied somewhat with the results, and I praise your persistence in the face of adversity, and the Union thugs. Bravo and well done!
Some justice is better than none at all. Im sure youre glad its over.
This case was one of the first that called my attention to how Gawd-awful "the Golden Years of Clinton" were going to be, and I have followed it along the years. While I wish the ending had been more resounding, I am pleased that it is over, finally.
My kindest regards you all.
You might have been able to hold for more -- if the publicity of the trial might have been a factor in the settlement.
But if you think the settlement is fair, then that is great news.
I think I might try to keep this story alive -- just to be a pain in Hillary's and Bill's rear end. (With Bill being a pain in a number of rear end's, maybe it is appropriate -- oh, pardon me...)
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.
As for the slimy scum who were complicit in this case... well, I have faith that God will take care of them when He meets them one day.
Three cheers for you and Don!
This is great news! Wish there were some way to get national news outlets to report it.
I’m glad this is finally over for you and Don. Hopefully, your valiant, painful struggle for justice will have done some good, somewhere.
As always, whether you believe it or not, I wish all the best for you and Don and may God bless you in many ways.
Thanks for your efforts. America's finest!
Ed Rendell, Lynne Abraham, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton. Never forget.
Let me know when, DeSoto. I’m there with you.
“Let me know when, DeSoto. Im there with you.”
“Again thanks for the laugh.”
My wife has me taking vitamins and exercising, I’m not telling her that part of the reason I’m doin’ it is goal#2.
All you have to do is look at Fast Eddy Rendell to see that he is one step from swinging a club at anybody who speaks against him or his friends.
This is the same man who screwed servicemen who voted overseas durning the 200 election.
Hitler could get elected govenor of PA if he has a “D” after his name.
It should never have taken this long for you guys to find justice! What a wretched, corrupt and vindictive “government.” They abused their authority and crapped all over you guys for years... And now “Fast Eddy” is governor of PA! I hope Morris is burning in hell.
Rat voters are all brain dead...
And I pray that you guys cleaned house after all these years of grief.
If you're happy with the outcome, I'm happy.
“...Instead, some of the locals who helped us are now cozying up to her...”
That’s what politics is, after all. Leaders, and adoring followers. God help us.
It's too bad Rendell and Abraham did not get convicted like they should have.
Congratulations on this. I remember seeing this on TV and thinking this is so wrong. Typical of the Clinton era. It’s good to have a victory over a bunch of union thugs. Good Guys 2 Union Thugs 0
I do have one favoriate memory moment.
I have a picture burned into my mind of their attorney, Ms. Diocson and the fake priest walking like beat up dogs down the street after the trial.
I also have a good memory of meeting John Fund at the dinner.
I thank Physicist for keeping up up to date on this during the years.
Always with you Teri and Don.
I’m happy the nightmare is finally over for you and Don, Teri. God Bless ............. FRegards
Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him. ~~Saint Thomas Aquinas
Thank God it is over congrads and many your family stay safe!:)
Wonderful news, Teri. Wow, has it really been ten years? It’s really rotten that Rendell and Abramson didn’t get theirs...however, the outcome due to you and your brother Don’s decade-long tenacity not to give in was formidable.
Congrats to you both...and thanks to Physicist for all his help, support and updates.
1st Amendment BUMP.
Congratulations. It doesn't take a wizard to know that the evil monkeys were up against a patient, determined pair of freepers.....and that truth would win out. At least that's what a lot of we old timers felt as we hoped and prayed for 10 years of reading and commenting on all the posts pertaining to this case.
God bless you....take a trip to the Caribbean now, and have a couple of Bahama Mama Rum Barracudas on me!
Leni/MinuteGal (Class of '98)
Good for you! The Teamsters acted like ChiComs in Tibet. BTW I had to spend $50K & 2 long years to win my job back following union harassment. Know how infuriating it can be. These legal battles seem to go on forever. Very proud you stuck it out!
10 year bump!
I am very happy for you both. I attended the Court hearing in Phillie after I met you in DC for the March for Justice II. I thought the judges seemed dismissive of your petition/complaints. Hopefully this settlement will provide you both with some satisfaction. It must have been a grueling ordeal for your family. Take care now and beware of Teamsters. Hoorway! the underdog wins one against the big guys.
This is an amazing story of perseverance! Kudos to you for keeping the good fight and congratulations!
Thank you for fighting the good fight.
Glad it’s over.
Ed Rendell should be IN JAIL not in the Governor’s mansion and, if Hitlery has her way, in a Clinton admnistration.
He is the lowest of the low. How can the People of Pennsylvania keep electing this scum?
Nevermind....God bless and keep you both.
You're still in my thoughts and prayers. You did a very brave thing, it cost you both a great deal, but you've prevailed.
Happy Easter, Happy Victory.
Good for you! I hope it hurts them badly enough to watch it next time. But a thug is a thug...JFK
Congrats. A long a painful fight you all have endured has resulted in triumph. A victory for you all, the first amendment and all of us who have followed the reports of your valiant fight over the years — we share in your joy. I also regret that some characters were able to escape justice, but I believe their day will come. Blessings to you.
“Mr. Rendell subsequently admitted to inviting the Teamsters to the pro-Clinton rally instructing them to drown out [anti-Clinton] protesters. “
Have you and your brother considered suing Rendell? It sounds like he was the one who caused it to happen. Anyways, congrats on your victory.
Congratulations. I remember watching the Channel 6 news and wanting to choke the ever loving horse squeeze out of Mr. Morris. I hope you and your brother both get out of Philly, there is little worth saving anymore. I know it is a little rough but I had to come to that realization and headed south. God Bless you both.
Doug, I only hope that you can be the catalyst that takes down this piece of excrement. If you could have seen the smile on his porcine face only days after what happened to Terry and Don you would only wish fior evil for this p.o.s.
I’m breathing a sigh of relief. I will chastise Philly for ever for this completely antiAmerican chain of events.
Philadelphia is an American disgrace
Congratulations! So glad this is over.
Americas Unions at work!
You became part of Freeper Lore - heroes in a great battle. Thank you.