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Lawsuit Against Ousted Bronx Pol Andy King Proceeds in SDNY Amid City Council Secrecy

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 27 – Back in December 2020, with a legal filing full of misspellings asking to enjoin an election or its results, a dozen constituents of ousted New York City Council member Andy King asked a Federal judge for a restraining order. It was denied. 

  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Valerie E. Caproni, in a proceeding covered by Inner City Press, asked how the plaintiffs had standing. (King's own lawsuit against the City Council for ousting him 48-2 for misconduct had already failed). 

  Judge Caproni declined to issue a preliminary injunction in Marchant et al v. De Blasio et al., 20-cv-10544 (Caproni).

 Then on April 12, fellow SDNY Judge Paul A. Crotty held a proceeding in the case King v. City of New York, 20-cv-8283 (Crotty). He gave King's lawyer Pamela Hayes two weeks to file more papers. She asked for three.

Judge Crotty said he was not inclined, but then relented. He gave three weeks but said if the papers are not in, he will dismiss the case. That case is King v. City of New York, 20-cv-8283 (Crotty).

Now on May 27, SDNY Judge Edgardo Ramos held a proceeding in a case against King, by former staffer Shana Melius for retaliation. The NYC City Council was refusing to produce documents unless ordered by a court. So ordered. This case is Melius v. New York City Council et al., 20-cv-5237 (Ramos)


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