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Police Officer Demitri Serianni v City of Venice


08-20-12 (TAMPA)  - The trial of Venice Police Officer Demitri Serianni v City of Venice took place in Federal Court in Tampa. Serianni's attorney, Thomas Sadaka, prosecuted the civil charges brought against the city in 2010 for violating his client's constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and right to due process. Serianni sought damages in excess of $75,000, plus attorneys' fees and court costs.

Officer Demitri Serianni claimed that former police chief of Venice Florida, Julie Williams, and other supervisors retaliated against him after Serianni supported a disciplined officer during a 2009 arbitration hearing.

However, after more than five hours of deliberating, a federal jury in Tampa found that since Venice police officer Demitri Serianni was still employed and in good standing he suffered no "adverse action" for blowing the whistle on Lt. Mike Rose, a superior who was making on-duty visits to his bait-shop business.

For the jury to find that Serianni suffered retaliation, they would have had to find that he would not have been disciplined without reporting Rose.

Serianni's Orlando-based trial attorney, Tom Sadaka, said the judge's decision that Serianni's support of a disciplined officer during an arbitration hearing was not "protected speech" ultimately crippled the case but they planned to seek a retrial based on issues of witness perjury, spoilation of evidence and the view that whistle-blowing is quite specifically constitutionally protected free speech..

The Sadaka Law Group is certainly available to handle the most complex litigation matters, but we have made ourselves known in Orlando for concentrating our focus on the following fields of legal practice.

We also welcome the referral of cases from other law firms in Central Florida who may not wish to allocate internal resources to these rapidly changing fields.

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