Speaker Quinn's Legal Woes IntensifyNYC 09 Feb 2008 21:09 GMT
Speaker Quinn's Legal Woes Intensify
Corporation Counsel Appeal to Drop Quinn from Plummer's Federal Suit
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 11:30 AM
City Hall Steps, Downtown NYC
The federal lawsuit filed by Councilman Charles Barron's Chief of Staff, Viola Plummer, names NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the City of New York as defendants. Last month Judge William Pauley denied the defendants' summary judgment motion on the issue of "qualified immunity" for Speaker Quinn. Now Ms. Quinn's NYC Corporation Counsel lawyers have filed an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse Judge Pauley's decision and have requested that Judge Pauley delay the trial set to begin on February 25.
As Speaker Quinn prepares to give her State of the City address; Councilman Barron, Ms. Plummer, her supporters, and attorneys Roger Wareham and Noah Kinigstein will hold a Press Conference to address the foot dragging developments. The press conference will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 11:30 AM on the steps of City Hall, Downtown, NYC.
"Councilwoman Quinn is desperately scrambling to get out of this racially charged case during this mayoral election year. The Judge made his decision and should stick with it. We have stood with Ms. Plummer and will continue do so until we get justice. This is about Sonny Carson and Black people's right to self-determination," said Thomas McMillan of the Black Men's Movement.
Plummer, a veteran political activist, is currently suing Quinn in federal court for illegal termination and violation of her first amendment right to freedom of speech. According to court documents, Speaker Quinn overstepped her authority on the NYC Council when she sought retaliation against Ms. Plummer for her outspokenness at the City Council hearing/vote on the Brooklyn street name change of Gates Avenue to Sonny Abubadika Carson Avenue last summer. Ms. Quinn led the unprecedented withdrawal of Carson's street name change from the bill, which included over 50 names.
The trial is set to begin on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 9:30 AM at the US Southern District of New York, Federal Court, 500 Pearl Street, NY.