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  • Anna CARNER
    Sorry Pat, I can t get the articles to load. Anna ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 19, 2008
      Sorry Pat, I can't get the articles to load.

      Anna

      On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 11:53 AM, Pat Scala <patscala@...> wrote:

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      > Share this with towns that plan to hire extremist animal exterminator White
      > Buffalo.
      >
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      > http://www.cleveland.com/solonsun/news/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1229611088109
      > 080.xml&coll=4>
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      > http://www.cleveland.com/solonsun/news/index.ssf?/base/news-0/12296110881090
      > 80.xml&coll=4
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      > Geiger settles lawsuit against city, culling firm
      >
      > Thursday, December 18, 2008
      >
      > By Bob Sandrick bsandrick@... <bsandrick%40sunnews.com>
      >
      > Solon Herald Sun
      >
      > A Solon deer-culling opponent has agreed to settle her lawsuit against the
      > city and its deer-culling firm, White Buffalo Inc.
      >
      > Belinda Geiger, of Cannon Road, will receive $12,500 from the city and
      > $12,500 from White Buffalo for a total of $25,000.
      >
      > Rob McClelland, a city attorney, said Geiger had initially requested a
      > settlement of more than $100,000, but he didn't know the exact amount.
      >
      > Geiger sued in April. She said the city and White Buffalo conspired
      > unlawfully to silence her and deprive her of her right to free speech.
      >
      > The alleged conspiracy culminated in her arrest by Solon police in January
      > 2006. She was charged with menacing by stalking for allegedly following and
      > threatening White Buffalo President Anthony DeNicola.
      >
      > The criminal case against Geiger was dismissed in April 2007 in Bedford
      > Municipal Court.
      >
      > The lawsuit was filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court but on Oct. 25
      > was removed to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.
      >
      > Judge Dick Ambrose, who presided over Geiger's suit in county court, said
      > the case was removed because it involved Geiger's rights under the U.S.
      > Constitution.
      >
      > McClelland added that damage claims must exceed $75,000 to end up in
      > federal
      > court.
      >
      > Ambrose said it was Geiger's attorney, Todd Raskin, who filed for removal,
      > but McClelland said DeNicola asked for removal and the city agreed.
      >
      > Raskin and Geiger didn't return calls. DeNicola couldn't be reached
      > Tuesday.
      >
      > In a Dec. 11 e-mail to the Solon Sun, Geiger did say that the city had
      > filed
      > a "cross claim" seeking to make DeNicola and White Buffalo, not the city,
      > responsible for any violations of her constitutional rights.
      >
      > McClelland confirmed that the city filed a cross-claim.
      >
      > "It's our position that if anything was done inappropriately, it was
      > DeNicola, not (the city)," McClelland said.
      >
      > Geiger was convinced that if the court had granted the cross-claim, she
      > would have faced two separate trials -- with the city in federal court, and
      > White Buffalo in county court.
      >
      > "This would incur not only exorbitant costs but also a large investment of
      > time and effort," Geiger said in her e-mail. She decided to settle.
      >
      > However, McClelland said that both cases probably would have been heard
      > together in the same court. He said that would have been up to the judge.
      >
      > Contact Sandrick at (216) 986-5478.
      >
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