A Debevoise & Plimpton attorney who was apprehended at gunpoint while collecting beetles with a pocketknife has lost an initial appeal in his civil rights suit against the Village of Scarsdale, N.Y., and its police department. The federal judge ruled that a jury had reasonably concluded that officers did not use excessive force when they pointed guns at Harry Zirlin and handcuffed him with his face to the ground. Zirlin, a recognized expert and writer on beetles, said he would appeal to the 2nd Circuit.
Beetle-Hunting Lawyer Held at Gunpoint by Police
New York Law Journal
April 8, 2005