|Judge drops town manager from SMOC case||September 30, 2008|
|Dan McDonald 508-626-4416||Metrowest Daily News|
BOSTON -- A federal judge today dismissed Town Manager Julian Suso as a defendant in a lawsuit that has pitted the South Middlesex Opportunity Council against town officials and residents.
Suso had been named as a defendant in the case, but a memo from Judge Douglas Woodlock released this afternoon dismisses him from the matter.
Last fall, SMOC sued the town, claiming a conspiracy of town luminaries stalled the expansion of its programming.
Specifically, SMOC said a relocation of the Sage House Program, a residential drug abuse treatment center was stymied, and the opening of Larry's Place, a veterans shelter was stalled.
In today's memo, Woodlock also dismissed the conspiracy claim from the case.
However, the case will roll on, because the judge did not dismiss a count that alleged the defendants violated Federal Housing Act.
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