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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wiretapping suit involving Coudersport PSP to continue

By MARCIE SCHELLHAMMER Era Associate Editor
A federal lawsuit brought by an Emporium-based state trooper will continue, but with only two of its original allegations still in contention.
The suit was filed in 2014 by Cpl. Darrin Ott against barracks commander Sgt. Larry Goodwin, troopers Chad Savannah and Neal Fausey and clerk typist Rhonda Stimaker, citing violations of the federal wiretapping law, First Amendment retaliation, due process and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

 
The defendants had filed a motion last year for partial summary judgment, asking for the dismissal of three of the counts; two were dismissed. In February, Magistrate Judge Susan Schwab dismissed the First Amendment retaliation complaint and the due process complaint.

They left stand the third challenged complaint, that of intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The suit came about from an alleged incident March 16, 2012, while Ott was working desk and communication duties at the Coudersport barracks. He had spoken to his wife on a secured line about sending an envelope in the mail, without discussing its contents or recipient, as both Ott and his wife knew it was medical information to be sent to his physician, the suit alleged. Read more...
Wiretapping suit involving Coudersport PSP to continue