New London Superior Court Judge Joseph Koletsky ruled that the city of Middletown had just cause to fire former Deputy Police Chief Patrick McMahon.
Friday’s decision ended a six-day trial. Koletsky said the evidence showed McMahon deliberately lied to city officials in 2011 claiming he was not drinking at a local grille while wearing his gun and badge.
The lawsuit, which McMahon filed in 2012, was heard here and not in Middletown court. That suit sought reinstatement to his job and back pay. Koletsky said no.
McMahon would not talk to reporters outside New London Superior Court following Friday's verdict.
The decision by Koletsky that Mayor Daniel Drew had just cause to fire McMahon came four years after allegations were made in on-line newspaper. Comments that McMahon was drinking at the Mezzo Grille in Middletown while wearing his gun and badge. The bottom line says the court, the plaintiff deliberately lied.
"The court finds the plaintiff did consume alcohol at Messo's on September 29th 2011,” Klotetsky said.
McMahon's attorney argued in his closing that he did not lie and had no reason to lie.
"Obviously we respect the court’s decision, but we're very disappointed,” Richard Padykula, who is McMahon's attorney, said. “Chief McMahon has maintained throughout this trial and continues to maintain today that he was never untruthful with anyone."
Drew released a statement on Friday.
“We zealously defended the charges because lying and drinking while displaying a badge and gun are so egregious that there was a moral imperative to defend the taxpayer's rights not to have to endure that kind of conduct,” the statement read.
"As the trial got going and the evidence kept coming in the City was confident about the outcome,” Michael Rose, who is the attorney for the city of Middletown, said.
Padykula said they are just absorbing this decision on Friday at the moment and have not decided on an appeal.
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