Gregory Rome filed an $18 Million civil rights lawsuit in federal court on Thursday in connection with the death of 19-year-old Nimali Henry in St. Bernard Parish Jail last spring. The lawsuit alleges that the Jail’s employees neglected or refused to provide necessary medical care to Nimali Henry, resulting in her death. It is brought on behalf of Nimali’s infant child, who was four months old at the time of her mother’s death.
Coverage at The New Orleans Advocate.
Chalmette, Louisiana — The firm obtained a complete dismissal of former Parish President Craig Taffaro’s civil rights lawsuit against St. Bernard Parish and its employees Friday.
Mr. Taffaro sued St. Bernard Parish Government, Parish President David Peralta, other high level Parish employees, and a St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Deputy in federal court last November following the recovery of thousands of pages of missing Parish documents from Mr. Taffaro’s personal storage unit. Mr. Taffaro removed the documents from the Parish’s offices after losing his bid for reelection in 2011.
Mr. Taffaro alleged that the defendants violated his civil rights by searching his storage unit and that they defamed him, caused him emotional distress, and unjustly interfered with his present employment as Director of Hazard Mitigation for the Louisiana Department of Administration under Governor Jindal. He demanded at least $2.75 million in damages.
Judge Martin Feldman of the Eastern District of Louisiana granted the firm’s motion to dismiss Mr. Taffaro’s lawsuit Friday. The Court noted that Mr. Taffaro failed to allege any facts that, if proven at trial, would show that St. Bernard Parish and its employees violated his rights. In particular, the Court dismissed Mr. Taffaro’s civil rights claims because the defendants located the missing Parish records while executing a valid search warrant issued as part of an investigation into the records’ disappearance.
The full text of the Court’s opinion is available here: Taffaro v. Peralta Dismissal Order.
This week, local news site nola.com again reported on the federal lawsuit filed by former Parish President Taffaro against St. Bernard Parish and several of its high-ranking officials. The firm represents several St. Bernard Parish employees in that lawsuit.
In the article, the reporter quoted extensively from Gregory Rome’s memorandum supporting his clients’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit:
Gregory Rome, the attorney representing most of the other parish government personnel named in the suit, argued that “Mr. Taffaro’s complaint tries to paint a picture of a Parish Government riddled with sinister actors working in the dark to destroy him.”
“Instead, it reveals Mr. Taffaro grasping at straws, carping about seemingly every real or imagined slight he has ever received, and desperately trying to justify his own bad behavior through the use of the federal courts,” Rome wrote.
Rome later argues that Taffaro’s complaint “piles paragraph upon paragraph of scandalous, irrelevant, and derogatory accusations in hopes that something will stick and that, perhaps if he blows enough smoke, the Court will infer the possibility of fire.”
Rome adds, “defamation requires more than an allegation that someone did something Mr. Taffaro did not like.”
Mr. Taffaro has not yet responded to the motion.
: The lawsuit against St. Bernard Parish and its employees has been dismissed
Recently, Louisiana’s Republican voters elected Gregory W. Rome to represent Congressional District 1 at this year’s state convention. There, Mr. Rome and his colleagues will shape the state party’s platform and, most importantly, will select the state’s delegation to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. That delegation will voice Louisiana’s choice in the Republican presidential nomination process. Congratulations to Mr. Rome and all this year’s state delegates.
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