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Press Release: Wayne Cooke Files Suit Against Town Employees

The First Selectman and Assessor face legal suit from resident Wayne Cooke for alleged 'First and Fourteenth Amendment civil rights violations and deprivation of civil rights under Section 1983 of the United States Code.'

This item is a Press Release from Wayne Cooke

Wayne Cooke of Branford has filed a federal lawsuit against First Selectman Anthony DaRos and Assessor Barbara Neal for First and Fourteenth Amendment civil rights violations and deprivation of civil rights under Section 1983 of the United States Code. 

A copy of the complaint is attached. 

In addition, Cooke has filed a separate suit in state court against DaRos for slander. 

A copy of that complaint is also attached. 

Cooke is being represented by the Marcus Law Firm of North Branford, CT.  All questions should be directed to the firm.

Jane M November 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM
WHY won't he just go away. Seriously
Tania November 16, 2012 at 02:48 AM
If your taxes went from $17,000 a year to $85,000, would you not fight this? Mr. Cooke seems to have a legitimate gripe with those parties named, and I wish him well. And I am speaking as a new resident of Branford, so I have no affiliations with either side.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead November 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Wayne Cooke spends his time, effort and money to keep our political leaders honest. You may not agree with his method, but you have to respect his motives. He does what all of us should be do when we are aggrieved by our government officials. What he has on his side is time. Politicians come and go. His family has occupied that disputed land for over a 150 years. He will win his dispute with the Town.
SolarPete November 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Because the Cooke Family was here from the 1700 They helped shape the town They had the best apple cider and pies than anyone else. His roots are here in Branford I can bet if the town and it's leaders were doing the same thing to you I can bet you too would be bitching and fighting for your rights.
SolarPete November 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I wish the Cookie monster well and hope he wins this fight. It is sad but this time it will also bring down the town and the cost will end up in the towns lap. He isn't fighting over making any money he just wants the leaders of this town to be honest and fair with everyone. DeRos has issues because he was caught lying so he used his power over others to go after Mr Cooke. This should have been fix years ago, but DeRos has broken the law too many times now it's his time to be on the other side of the bar.

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