Ousted union chief loses court bid

February 08, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES | GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER

The suspended president of the city's Fraternal Order of Police lost a bid in court yesterday to get a temporary restraining order that would have put him back at the helm of the union that represents Baltimore's police officers.

Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan declined the request and said Lt. Frederick V. Roussey should wait until after next week's hearing by the union's board of directors, at which he is expected to defend himself against internal charges, to determine whether to pursue further court action.

"The place you should be fighting it out is on Monday before the board," Kaplan said.

Roussey, who was elected in 2004, was ousted last month by the union's board amid allegations that he received a donation for his re-election campaign from a City Council member while the FOP's political action fund contributed money to that official; that he solicited and received money from people who do business with the union; and that he degraded three union officials in oral and written communications.

Roussey has denied the charges, saying the board ousted him because he had raised questions about what he called internal financial irregularities. He has called for an audit. The board has declined to comment.

Roussey's attorney, David B. Love, said in court yesterday that the board did not follow proper procedures in removing Roussey from his position.

Peter Saucier, an attorney for the FOP, said the union is a private organization. "To undo what they've done would be a hardship on this organization," he said.

gus.sentementes@ baltsun.com

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