Psychologist accused in prison break files suit vs. ex-companion

$4.3 million legal action alleges invasion of privacy

July 27, 1999|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The psychologist accused of helping her prisoner boyfriend flee the Maryland Correctional Institution filed a $4.35 million lawsuit yesterday against the man she lived with for 11 years, alleging that he publicized her private life, accosted her and took money from her bank account.

Elizabeth L. Feil, 43, filed the suit in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court against Glenn M. Bosshard, 44, of Annapolis. It is the latest twist in their squabbling, which has included an automobile chase, a misdemeanor assault charge against Bosshard and his television appearance in the wake of criminal charges against Feil.

Feil is charged with two counts each of harboring a fugitive and acting as an accessory after the escape in connection with the May 18 prison break by convicted armed robber Byron Smoot, with whom she is alleged to have had an affair, and convicted killer Gregory Lawrence.

Feil claims in the suit that since then, Bosshard has harmed her through a campaign featuring everything from intimidation and assault to giving the media her private letters and photographs.

"Those were her diaries, her personal papers how would you feel?" asked Feil's attorney, J. Shawn Alcarese, adding that Bosshard gave Feil's diaries and details of her parents' divorce to the media. "The main concern is to redress the outrageous action this man has done to harm this lady."

But David Fischer, Bosshard's attorney, said the lawsuit was frivolous. If anyone has suffered, it is his client, and Feil drew the attention upon herself, Fischer said.

"The actions of Dr. Feil have caused Mr. Bosshard a great deal of emotional distress," Fischer said. "I think the lawsuit fails to take into account the emotional distress the citizens of Jessup and Anne Arundel County suffered in knowing two escaped felons were on the loose."

"My family has suffered enough from her," Bosshard said yesterday afternoon.

Feil is seeking $1.85 million in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages from Bosshard. Alcarese said Bosshard -- who piled many of her belongings in a tent on their front lawn after the escape -- had discarded some of her possessions. She wants other items returned, Alcarese added.

Bosshard and Feil had held a religious wedding ceremony to mark their relationship, but did not obtain a marriage license.

Feil's criminal trial is scheduled on Oct. 7. After she was charged, the couple had a public falling out. At one point, a District Court judge ordered them to have no contact with each other, and both were charged with traffic violations stemming from what police said was a chase through Annapolis.

Bosshard is charged with misdemeanor assault against Feil and has a Sept. 27 hearing date. However, Fischer said he will ask to have that charge dropped. Prosecutors dropped a first-degree assault charge.

Pub Date: 7/27/99

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