Springfield, MA - A federal court judge said that he will dismiss claims filed by the former manager of the Longhill Gardens Condominiums that accused the city of malicious prosecution and of violating his religious rights.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor ruled that motions to dismiss all counts, shall be granted. The suit was filed by former property manager Shalom Segelman, of Waterbury, Conn.
Longhill Gardens was shut down by court order following a prolonged court battle between the city and Segelman. The city had attempted to force Segelman to pay for repairs and operational expenses at the Longhill Street condominium complex, before it was shut down by the court, based on code violations and lack of funds for expenses.
In his suit, Segelman argued that the city violated his civil rights by taking a hard-line approach at certain junctures in the dispute. In addition, Segelman, “an observant Jew,” sought damages against the city, alleging the city went forward with a court hearing on a Jewish holiday and that the city insisted that he be jailed for contempt of court at a facility where kosher food was not served.
Ponsor also stated he would dismiss claims by Segelman against two other defendants, CitiBank, the mortgage holder, and Concerned Citizens for Springfield Inc., a community action group.
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