Friday, June 15, 2012
Hiram's gal suing Queens DA
From the Daily News:
QUEENS PROSECUTORS are trying to separate themselves from a federal lawsuit that claims they forced ex-state Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s girlfriend to accuse him of domestic violence.
The $35 million lawsuit filed by Karla Giraldo also names NYPD officers and staffers at Long Island Jewish Hospital Center. The suit was the subject of a 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on Tuesday.
During the arguments, a city lawyer urged the court to dismiss the lawsuit against the prosecutors on grounds of “absolute immunity.”
But Giraldo’s attorney, Christopher Bellistri, countered that a Brooklyn Federal Court judge got it right last year when he ruled that the prosecutors could be sued.