Judge tosses politician's lawsuit over drunken-driving stop

AP News
Posted: Apr 11, 2015 6:08 PM

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey politician whose 2012 drunken-driving traffic stop led to a law requiring police to mount video cameras in their cars has had his lawsuit tossed out.

A federal judge in Camden dismissed the lawsuit by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Moriarty against the Washington Township police department.

Moriarty had said the police department failed to adequately train and supervise its employees. He contested the drunken-driving charge and said he was the victim of a rogue police officer.

Months after the arrest Moriarty showed reporters a squad car video he said would vindicate him. The charges later were dropped, and the officer was indicted for making a bogus arrest.

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Moriarty's lawyer tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1Nrz0EL) the ruling doesn't preclude him from seeking damages from the officer.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com