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Former Governor Jane Swift could face lawsuits
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|Last Edited||User 13 Feb 24, 2004 12:36pm|
|News Date||Tuesday, February 24, 2004 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||A federal appeals court has ruled that former Acting-Governor Jane Swift may not be protected from paying damages to a member of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. |
The ruling from the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacates an earlier decision from a United States district judge that Swift had qualified immunity against monetary damages in a lawsuit filed by former Turnpike Authority member Christy Mihos.
In his lawsuit, Mihos claimed that swift violated his 1st amendment rights when she fired him from the board after he and fellow board member Jordan Levy voted to postpone a planned toll hike.
Swift, who lives in Williamstown, says she fired the 2 men because the vote was fiscally irresponsible and damaged the Turnpike's financial stability.
A spokesman for Attorney General Tom Reilly, whose office represented Swift, declined to comment on the ruling.