At the time of writing (July 2008) it was not known if Julian would sue for the damage caused to his reputation. “Your article inspired me to seek legal counsel and I did bring legal action against Connecticut State Police Officer Jeffery Poach and Connecticut DEP Sgt. James Warren (Morris v. Warren, et al., D.N. 3:10CV01167),” says Julian.
The case was allowed to proceed through summary judgement against Sgt. James Warren for malicious prosecution and a compromise was strongly suggested by the presiding Federal Judge. A resolution was reached through the Federal Magistrate whereby the State of Connecticut agrees to pay the Plaintiff a monetary sum.
Julian’s DUI was tossed out of court by Superior Court Judge Paul Matasavage, who indicated that Morris should never have been charged with a crime in the first place. Morris passed the breathalyzer test after a paddlewheel boat he was operating capsized—they were caught in a storm. Still, Morris-- a former police officer--was arrested for boating under the influence.
Julian says he was charged with DUI because of one police officer seemed to have a personal vendetta against him. “They said my eyes were bloodshot but I am allergic to the lake water,” he says. They said ‘subject was evasive’ but I was careful answering my questions—having been a cop. They convoluted and twisted everything.”
And what happened next became convoluted and twisted, to say the least. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was also at the scene. Because the accident happened on a state lake, the state police turned the case over to the DEP. And because Julian passed the breathalyzer test at the state police barracks, the police knew they didn’t have a case. But the DEP charged Julian with the felony version of boating over the influence, a higher charge, and without chemical evidence.
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The prosecution dropped the charges but it was a traumatic experience for Julian, regardless. And time consuming. He had to provide 10 years of tax forms; and he had to answer hundreds of personal questions sent by the defense.
“In my opinion, the judges were sympathetic to my case because they allowed it to progress to summary judgment. They suggested that the defendant settle, then we went to a settlement hearing.
“To this day the DEP contend that they did nothing wrong and I have yet to receive my settlement. But I am thankful to LawyersandSettlements for being instrumental in saving my reputation.”