Legal Counsel and Plaintiffs to Discuss Terms of the $385,000 Settlement
PIKESVILLE, MARYLAND (April 16, 2012) – Plaintiffs and legal counsel for the nine plaintiffs from DEFEND LIFE INC who recently won a $385,000.00 settlement against the Maryland State Police will hold a news conference on Monday, April 16, to disclose the terms of the precedent-setting case.
The news conference will be held at 10am in front of the Maryland State Police Headquarters, 1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, Maryland 21208.
Making statements will be:
– Congressman Andy Harris (MD -1st)
– Tom Brejcha, Esq. president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society of Chicago who represented the Defend Life Plaintiffs
– Matt Paavola, Esq. a Maryland attorney who represented the Defend Life plaintiffs, he is the former head of the Christian Legal Society.
– Angela Swagler, a senior at Christendom College, one of the plaintiffs in the case
– Jack Ames, PE, a professional engineer and a plaintiff in the case; he is the founder and director of Defend Life
– Derek Howell, Esq., a Maryland attorney, a former Maryland state trooper and an instructor at the Institute on the Constitution of Pasadena, Maryland.
– Michael Peroutka, Esq., a Maryland attorney and found of the Institute on the Constitution
Jack Ames, found of Defend Life, and one of the 18 arrested in August 2008, explained: “We will discuss three issues at the news conference: 1) the precedent-setting nature of this case; 2) the fact that the Maryland State Police have been mandated by this case to conduct further training to all police officers on the First and Fourth Amendment; and 3) the sexist behavior that occurred at the Maryland Police Academy that was most likely a factor in these illegal arrests.”
Parking for the news conference will be available at the Pikesville Library, near the intersection of the Reisterstown and Church Roads.