Baltimore Agrees To Pay Former Deputy $98K To Settle Free Speech Lawsuit


Former Baltimore Deputy James Lane filed a lawsuit against Sheriff John W. Anderson, alleging violations of his First Amendment rights.

Lane later won his lawsuit, but the Court of Special Appeals overturned the judgment. After taking his case to federal courts, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld most of his key arguments. The case was sent back to the district court, along with instruction to reconsider Lane’s claims.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Board of Estimates will pay Lane $98,000 to drop the lawsuit against the sheriff. In January, Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved a $160,000 settlement.Lane, a member of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force, was part of a team conducting a raid in 2008, when he was shot in the face. Lane believed another officer shot him, prompting an internal investigation, which concluded that the suspect was responsible for the shooting.

Lane’s superiors told him to forget the ordeal, so he approached media with his concerns in 2010.

According to court records, Lane was fired by Sheriff Anderson who said he could “no longer trust” his credibility and reliability.

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