NJ State Police Commend Archer Attorneys For Successful Handling of Federal Lawsuit over Shooting

Attorneys John C. Connell and John P. Kahn of the law firm Archer, P.C., have been awarded New Jersey State Police Certificates of Commendation for their successful defense of a federal lawsuit against the State Police and three Troopers involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect in 2003.

On Feb. 25, 2009, U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden entered an order dismissing the lawsuit, Lamont v. New Jersey State Police, et al. Based on written motions and court arguments by Connell and Kahn, Judge Hillman granted the defendants Summary Judgment – a finding that judgment is proper as a matter of law since all necessary factual issues are undisputed, rendering a trial unnecessary. The plaintiff has filed an appeal with the Third Circuit Court. Previously, a grand jury had cleared the Troopers of any criminal wrongdoing, but the civil suit sought monetary damages on behalf of a survivor of the decedent, Eric Quick.

Connell and Kahn provided “outstanding representation” and “are commended for their expertise and tireless efforts” and “exemplary judicial performance,” according to the Certificates of Commendation signed by State Police Superintendent Col. Joseph R. “Rick” Fuentes. The Colonel presented the framed certificates to Connell and Kahn during a ceremony July 9 in Trenton.

Connell and Kahn are experienced litigators and members of the Litigation Department in Archer’s Haddonfield office. In addition, Connell serves as Chair of the firm’s Media & Communications Practice Group and Co-Chair of its Civil Rights Practice Group and Appellate Advocacy Group.

Archer, P.C., is a full-service law firm with more than 175 lawyers serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for more than 80 years. The firm has offices in Haddonfield, Princeton and Flemington, N.J., as well as in Philadelphia, Pa., New York City and Wilmington and Georgetown, Del. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.

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