The original lawsuit by Plaintiff Selim Zherka (publisher of The Westchester Guardian) filed February 29,
2008 ( Download Morgethau_Zherka.pdf
), in the United States District Court – Southern District of New York against Defendants Michael F. Bogdanos (New York Assistant District Attorney), Michael R. Edelman – pictured right - (partner in law firm of Worby, Groner & Edelman), Philip Amicone (Mayor of the City of Yonkers), et al, demand compensatory and punitive damages caused by conduct allegedly engaged in by the Defendants in violations of Plaintiff’s rights. The issues cited include the alleged misuse of police force to distribute copies of The Westchester Guardian on Yonkers owned public property, among other concerns. The issue about Michael R. Edelman, allegedly referred to as “the Consultant,” is being sued in his individual and personal capacity for his time when employed by and in Mayor Phillip Amicone’s re-election campaign effort. “The Consultant” is Edelman’s so-called “handle” as used by him on the Politics on the Hudson blog operated and maintained by Gannett Surburban Newspapers.
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While the lawsuit ascribes some quoted passages to Edelman in the Politics on the Hudson
blog, the fact is they are to be found outside of the blog quoted by
Gannett Suburban Newspapers. The fact that the alleged comment(s)
is/are quoted more than once in the lawsuit verbatim, negates the “Fact
Statement” of the lawsuit. The “Fact Statement” is thereby incorrect.
Its use therefore allegedly exacts a fraud upon the court by its very
A Civil Action lawsuit by Plaintiff Genaro Morales
(a personal friend of Selim Zherka, a partner of Zherka in certain real
estate related businesses, and a retired member of the NYPD) against
the Plaintiffs named at the top of this article, is an addendum of
sorts on the original lawsuit. In the June 26, 2008 suit, Edmund
Hartnett (Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett), John Fleming (Executive
Assistant to Mayor Philip Amicone), allegedly a/k/a “Mob Buster,” and Lawrence
Porcari (Assistant Corporation Counsel), allegedly a/k/a “Ethan Edwards,” and the
City of Yonkers.
An examination of the blog entries on LoHud.com
and the YonkersTribune.Typepad.com, prove conclusively that the
allegations brought by “Sam” Selim Zherka alleging that Mike Edelman,
blogging as “The Consultant” stated that "Zherka was a kingpin
in Albanian organized crime" and that the feds were protecting him for
years" were not said by any blogger claiming to be "The Consultant." A
comparison of the language stated in the Zherka lawsuit with all blog
entries on LoHud.com and YonkersTribune.Typepad.com reveal that an
anonymous blogger posted the language that Zherka is complaining about.
In addition, the legal papers submitted by the
Manhattan County ADA, who has evidently opened a grand jury
investigation of Zherka according to Zherka’s own legal complaint, categorically states that he had no previous relationship with any of the defendants.
In speaking with Mr. Edelman about the lawsuit he said, "I do not condone what some bloggers alleged about Mr. Zherka, but in no event were the words printed mine, and the blog entries verify this fact."
Yonkers Tribune publisher Hezi Aris said, I believe in a
free press; I don’t believe that the judicial system is the venue to
impugn someone’s reputation, unless the facts as stated, back up
the allegation. In this case they do not.”
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they are not without some limits. If you wish to educate yourself
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