Ex-comptroller sues police for $1 million

April 16, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Former city Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department, accusing it of invasion of privacy and gross negligence for

allegedly leaking the contents of a note to her husband after her 1994 suicide attempt.

McLean attempted suicide during a scandal in which she eventually admitted stealing more than $25,000 from taxpayers. She pleaded guilty to charges of theft and official misconduct and received a three-year suspended jail sentence in December 1994.

In her lawsuit, filed Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court, McLean alleges that police officers who responded to her home after her suicide attempt seized a note she had written to her husband, James. The contents of that note were leaked to the news media, the suit alleges.

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said, "It would be inappropriate for the Police Department to comment on pending issues of litigation."

Pub Date: 4/16/97

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