|SMOC drops Wolfe from lawsuit||Friday, January 18, 2008|
|D. Craig MacCormack 508-626-4429||Metrowest Daily News|
FRAMINGHAM - South Middlesex Opportunity Council this afternoon dropped all charges in the federal discrimination lawsuit it filed in October against private citizen Harold Wolfe.
In its one-paragraph filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, SMOC says the charges against Wolfe, including defamation, conspiracy and violation of the Fair Housing Act and state Civil Rights Act were dismissed "without prejudice.''
"Why I was ever involved in the lawsuit is beyond my imagination,'' said Wolfe, who is represented by Boston-based lawyers Patrick Bannon and Greg Cote and Center for Individual Rights attorney Michael Rosman.
Wolfe runs a Web site www.smocingham.org, which includes a banner "Stop SMOC'' on its home page. He has run for selectman in Framingham three times but has never held any elected office.
The move leaves Anthony Siciliano as the only private resident still named as a defendant in the case, which charges the group with engaging in "a coordinated effort'' to rid the town of its disabled people by limiting SMOC's opportunities to open new homes.
Other defendants still named in the case include Town Manager Julian Suso, Human Services Coordinator Alexis Silver, three selectmen, four Planning Board members and four Town Meeting members.
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