Ruling on an issue that has divided federal appellate circuits, a SouthernDistrict magistrate judge said a witness who was threatened not to testifyhas standing to sue foremotional distress.

Magistrate Judge Ronald L.Ellis, in Silverman v. Newspaper & Mail Deliverers’ Union of NewYork and Vicinity, 97 Civ. 0040, found that the threatened witnessdoes not have to be a party to the initial proceeding to launch his ownaction for damages.

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