Wiley Rein And ACLU Reach Landmark Settlement With Baltimore Police; Firm Wins Release For Former Ukrainian Prime Minister

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 13:44

Wiley Rein and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland on March 12 announced a landmark settlement with the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) in a right to record police action case. The agreement settles a 2011 lawsuit brought against the BPD by Wiley Rein’s pro bono client, Christopher Sharp, who alleged that BPD officers deleted two dozen personal videos from his cell phone after he used it to record officers violently arresting a female acquaintance at the 2010 Preakness. The civil rights suit was filed on behalf of Mr. Sharp by Wiley Rein attorneys Richard A. Simpson, Mary E. Borja, Craig Smith, Benjamin Kohr, and Laura E. Sherman, along with co-counsel Deborah A. Jeon, legal director of the ACLU of Maryland. As part of the agreement, BPD will adopt policies to recognize individuals’ rights to videorecord, audiorecord and photograph BPD officers, institute training on the new policy, and compensate Mr. Sharp $25,000 and reimburse counsel for $225,000 for cost and legal fees. Wiley Rein donated its fees to the ACLU of Maryland.

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Wiley Rein client Yulia Tymoshenko – the former Ukrainian prime minister – was released from prison amid the recent protests and uprising in Ukraine. Jim Slattery, who chairs Wiley Rein’s Public Policy Group, has represented Oleksander Tymoshenko, the husband of Ms. Tymoshenko, since 2011. Ms. Tymoshenko, who served as Ukraine’s prime minister in 2005 and again from 2007 until 2010, was serving a seven-year prison sentence following her 2011 trial convened by her political rivals.  She was released from her hospital jail in Kharkiv amid protests in Kiev that forced Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to flee the capital. Mr. Slattery sought to persuade President Yanukovych to release Ms. Tymoshenko to obtain the medical treatment that she requires while simultaneously commuting her sentence.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business has included Wiley Rein’s International Trade and Privacy groups in its worldwide rankings. In addition, several of the firm’s attorneys were again singled out by Chambers Global 2014 as leaders in their field. Privacy Practice chair Kirk J. Nahra was named a Leading Lawyer in Privacy & Data Security. International Trade Practice chair Alan H. Price and partner Timothy C. Brightbill were each selected as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Trade Remedies & Trade Policy. In addition, Charles Owen Verrill, Jr., who serves as chairman emeritus of the International Trade Practice, was again named a senior statesman.