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Jury: Mayor violated officer's civil rights
By Associated Press
Saturday, February 7, 2004

Boston - Brockton Mayor John Yunits Junior has been found guilty of violating the civil rights of a city police detective who was transferred after backing the mayor's political opponent in 1999.

A federal jury deliberated three hours yesterday before finding that the transfer of Thomas Enos was politically motivated and ordered the payment of more than 50-thousand dollars in emotional damages and 300-thousand dollars in punitive damages.

The 50-thousand dollars will be covered by insurance but Yunits may be personally resonsible for the 300-thousand dollars.

Yunits says he is (quote) ``stunned'' by the decision and will appeal.

Enos -- who has since retired -- says his transfer was ordered by Yunits as political retaliation. The tranfer was technically a lateral move.
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