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May 19, 2013

7 claims in lawsuit against LP Police upheld

Damages sought for alleged assault, distress

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Seeing lights on at the grocery store, they stopped so Baker could use the restroom, the young women have said.

In a sworn affidavit filed in supreme court, Baker said Stanfa was not using drugs and had not been drinking in the hours before the 5 a.m. incident.

The eye-witness statement alleges repeated interrogation and physical force used on Stanfa by police officer Staats.

According to Baker, Braunius let Stanfa out of the police vehicle and removed the handcuffs after about 45 minutes of detention.

‘WANTS FULL TRIAL’

The legal claim against Lake Placid and the two police officers was initially filed in federal court seeking civil-rights damages, but the case was returned to State Supreme Court and will be heard in Elizabethtown.

Stanfa is from Watertown, and Baker lives in western New York.

Bernstein has 30 days to file a response before discovery begins.

Norfolk said his client is looking for a full trial, seeking $1 million in damages.

“We’re happy with the outcome,” he said.

“Seven causes of action survived. We’re ready to move forward so Ms. Stanfa will have her day in court.”

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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