Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak

 

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Arrested in 2014, criminal charges against Cordero were dropped in March 2015. On June 12, 2015 Cordero sued the City of New York, various police officers, and Doe defendants under 42 USC §§1983 and 1988. His instant motion sought sanctions against defense counsel Booth on the basis of allegedly improper objections raised during deposition of police officer Essig. Granting sanctions, the court required the City to pay reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs associated with Essig’s deposition. Citing a “plethora of speaking objections” the court concluded Booth “acted improperly” in asserting over 600 objections across 83 percent of the pages of Essig’s deposition transcript. Many of Booth’s numerous objections impacted witness responses. Further, in addition to instructing the witness not to answer questions on at least 20 occasions, Booth directed her witness not to answer questions on the basis that they had already been asked and answered, even though they had not been answered. The court determined that in denying Cordero access to relevant information, Booth denied him the right to have deposition questions answered. Booth’s behavior was similar to that in which courts previously granted sanctions.