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W. Pa. township settles Mexican workers' lawsuit

Published: Tue, September 11, 2012 @ 3:50 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area township has settled a false-arrest lawsuit filed by nine Mexican workers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

Timothy Bish, the Frazer Township solicitor, says in a statement today that under the settlement the township police department denies any wrongdoing, but each plaintiff will receive an average settlement of $3,000 from an insurance carrier.

The men were legal temporary workers on a shopping trip at a J.C. Penney store. Bish says store employees had concerns that a $100 bill one of the men used was counterfeit, but that police later determined it was not. The men were taken in for questioning but released without being charged.

Bish says the men reached a separate settlement with J.C. Penney, but the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


1oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Let me get this straight ...The JCPenny worker was not sure if a 100 dollar bill was legit so he calls the police, The police bring you in for suspicion, question you, determine you are not guilty and release you. So you sue them and get a money award. Something is strange here !

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2tommygc(25 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Only in America....AMEN

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3howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Keeping in mind that the men are here as legal temporary workers, I would not be surprised if the local constables had threatened too and may have actually called in the INS on these men as a form of intimidation to get them to confess to a crime they did not commit.

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4JoeFromHubbard(1806 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

> > a form of intimidation to get them to confess to a crime they did not commit. < <

The story, as presented here, said nothing about a confession, admission of guilt, conviction or otherwise.

The ACLU occasionally gets too far ahead of itself resulting in such an apparent abomination of justice.

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5IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

All the story lacked were a few minor details.........

LIKE FACTS. Pathetic journalism.

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