On behalf of firm client New England Newspaper and Press Association, Jeff Pyle filed a complaint with the city of Cambridge on behalf of Wicked Local Cambridge. The newspaper had filed a public records request asking for all City Council minutes for all executive session meetings related to the Malvina Monteiro case. Monteiro claimed she was fired after complaining of racial discrimination, and has already received a $4.5 million verdict in her favor.
Cambridge Mayor David Maher stated that it would be “detrimental” to the City to release the minutes because there are two remaining plaintiffs in the case. In his complaint, however, Jeff Pyle noted that “the fact that there are two remaining plaintiffs in the case does not justify a ‘blanket withholding of the minutes.’”
Jeff added, “the litigation at issue was pending for 13 years and must have been discussed in dozens of City Council meetings over that period.” Jeff also noted that there was some urgency to the request for the release of the minutes, since they “are likely to shed light on the performance of current City Council members who will stand for re-election on November 8, 2011.”
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