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FIRST CIRCUIT AFFIRMS JURY AWARD AGAINST BOSTON POLICE FOR ILLEGAL ARMED HOME INVASION
18 November 2015
The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an order that a Boston Police Sergeant pay Scott Matalon a total of $184,642.35 for an illegal armed invasion into his home. The award includes damages and attorney’s fees.
On September 29, 2010, Scott Matalon was home, asleep in his bed, on the third floor of a single family triple-decker in Allston Massachusetts. He was awakened by a cacophony of sound; barking dogs, his parrots squawking, and strangers speaking in loud tones. He tossed on a pair of trousers and raced downstairs.
In his living room, Scott discovered several police officers and two frightening, barking dogs. Long a bird lover, he kept parrots who were squealing with trauma. His initial reaction was disbelief and shock. He expressed himself in strong terms and was ordered outdoors. Within a few moments he was bruised and battered, under arrest.
He had done nothing wrong whatsoever.
The ringleader of this gross police abuse was Sergeant Mary Ann O’Neil. O’Neil claimed to be looking for a robber who had allegedly held up a nearby restaurant. There was absolutely no evidence the alleged robber had anything to with the Matalon home.
Matalon was arrested on trumped up charges for daring to protest.
The jury also found Joseph Hynes liable for using excessive force in arresting Mr. Matalon.
Scott Matalon stated:
“It has been five (5) long years but I am proud I stood up for my rights.”
Mr. Matalon’s attorney, Robert S. Sinsheimer, said in a statement:
“This important First Circuit decision puts an end to the Police attempt to defend the indefensible. Had O’Neil apologized there may have been no lawsuit. Her brazen abuse of her badge was shocking. Thanks to the First Circuit, we will all be a little safer in our homes tonight.”
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE FIRM
1 January 2015
As of January 1, 2015 we have had some new lawyers to our ranks. Attorney Wesley Stoker has joined our ranks working mostly on the civil side of our practice. Attorney Lisa Parlagreco is a well seasoned lawyer who is joining us of counsel. Lisa will be working largely on appeals and substantial civil litigation cases.
PLAINTIFF WIN AGAINST BOSTON POLICE
03 OCTOBER 2014
a federal jury awarded our client Scott Matalon, the sum of $50,000.00 against Boston Police Sergeant Mary Ann O’Neil and Officer Joseph Hynes. Mr. Matalon had been asleep in his home when O’Neil ordered police to rush into his home with a dog and a gun, looking for a suspect who had allegedly robbed a restaurant several blocks away… Read More
Robert S. Sinsheimer
The firm’s founder, Robert S. Sinsheimer, first opened his firm doors in 1990. Attorney Sinsheimer and his firm are known in Boston for the very highest degree of personal service. Rob brings unparalleled perseverance to his cases – a quality which moved a local newspaper to describe him (for better or worse) as a “pitbull.” Rob’s truly unique background allows him to bring these qualities to an unusually broad array of litigation issues and strategies.
Attorney Wesley Stoker joined Sinsheimer and Associates in 2014 as an associate in the civil litigation practice. Attorney Stoker advises and represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, ranging from police misconduct and constitutional civil rights claims, to election law, medical malpractice, negligence, and products liability litigation.
Lisa A. Parlagreco
Attorney Lisa A. Parlagreco is of counsel to Sinsheimer & Associates, working primarily with the firm’s appellate litigation and post-conviction practice. A member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1989, Lisa has assisted clients in both civil and criminal appeals before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First and Fourth Circuits, the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit, and as co-counsel on behalf of amicus curiae in the United States Supreme Court.