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Jury finds St. Johnsville arrest spurred by more than finger

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A federal appeals court ruled months ago that the “middle finger” gesture doesn’t give police sufficient cause to charge somebody with a crime.

But a jury this week decided that St. Johnsville Police Officer Richard Insogna did not abuse his power when he ticketed John Swartz for disorderly conduct following a traffic stop.

Swartz, a Vietnam veteran and retired pilot, filed a lawsuit against Insogna and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Collins claiming malicious ...

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cfield
April 20, 2013
8:59 a.m.

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Swartz must be a real class act. Good to see the jury sent him a message to act like an adult and not a fifth grader, no matter want the situation.

grant18
April 20, 2013
10 a.m.

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I wonder whether the article's description of Mr Swartz as a Vietnam veteran is meant to be exculpatory or a general denigration of all Vietnam veterans. In either case, it doesn't belong there.

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