Firefighter Exam Saga Drawing To A Close
Briscoe's lawyer, David Rosen, has said previously that the lawsuit was meant to show that "tests which arbitrarily exclude any group, be it based on sex, religion, national origin, or other categories, is illegal." Rosen has 30 days to appeal the recent decision. In an email message, Rosen said the matter is not over.
Karen Lee Torre, who was the lead attorney in the Ricci case and joined the City of New Haven as an intervening party in the Briscoe lawsuit, called the case "some of the craziest litigation I've ever seen."
She said Judge Haight was patient in allowing Rosen to submit written pleadings after the oral arguments had been heard. "This was a very patient judge," Torre said.
Victor Bolden, corporation counsel for the City of New Haven, did not return a call seeking comment. Torre said she is confident that any appeal that might be filed by Briscoe will be dismissed.
"After four years of contentious litigation and three amended complaints from Briscoe along the way, obviously the city and many of its firefighters hope this time, the litigation is finally over for good," Torre said. "This decision will hopefully go a long way to lifting the freeze on the New Haven fire department's ability to move on and start filling vacancies."
“Not so fast," Rosen said in the email. "The district judge is going to review a proposed amended complaint, and if he dismisses the complaint the court of appeals will weigh in. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, the City of New Haven should give a lieutenant test soon and should have given one years ago. Just please make it fair.”