A Brooklyn federal magistrate judge objected to the 600 objections a lawyer made during a deposition, and now the city is going to pay for it.
Assistant Corporation Counsel Amatullah Booth, a city lawyer, took defense to a new level when NYPD officer John Essig was questioned in a September 2016 deposition. Lawyers for Hector Cordero brought in Essig to develop claims of Cordero’s false arrest and malicious prosecution case.
But Booth kept objecting, even after a law clerk said objections need to be kept short and sweet. Her approximately 600 objections appeared in about 83% of the pages of the transcript for a deposition that lasted about eight hours.
Booth told Essig not to answer questions at least 20 times and threatened to leave several times.
Cordero’s lawyers asked for sanctions after the disastrous deposition.
On Friday, Brooklyn Federal Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak granted the bid and said the city should pay the bills connected to the deposition.
“This was far out of the norm for me,” Cordero’s attorney, Gabriel Harvis , told the Daily News. Harvis said he was “shocked at the number of objections.”
Now Harvis is going to put together the costs related to the deposition. He expects the overall bill to go over $8,000.
Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci said “We take quite seriously any finding that calls into question whether one of our lawyers engaged in sanctionable conduct. We will review the decision and respond accordingly.”