August 20, 2019
The action comes nearly two years after a violent incident at the Criminal Justice Center, which left the former bar leader with a broken shoulder.
Prominent Philadelphia attorney Clifford Haines has sued Sheriff Jewell Williams and sheriff’s deputies, claiming they engaged in a conspiracy to defame and discredit him following a violent altercation at the Criminal Justice Center nearly two years ago.
Haines filed the suit, Haines v. Williams, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Aug. 16. It is the second lawsuit he filed over the Aug. 22, 2017, incident, which left him with a broken shoulder. The 15-page complaint raises claims of conspiracy to defame, false arrest, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The first lawsuit, filed in December 2017, alleged assault and battery, false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The lawsuit filed Aug. 16 contends that Williams and others “engaged in a conspiracy to defame, discredit, and maliciously prosecute him in an attempt to create a post hoc justification for his unlawful assault and battery.” Specifically, the complaint contends that the defendants refused to investigate the incident, and made allegedly false statements that he was intoxicated on the morning of the incident.
“The conspiracy continued for at least another 13 months, as defendants continued to repeat these false and defamatory statements about plaintiff in written reports, interviews with Philadelphia Police Detectives assigned to investigate the incident, interviews with Internal Affairs investigators, and at deposition,” the complaint said.
Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores attorney Patricia Pierce filed both lawsuits on behalf of Haines.
Haines is a prominent member of Philadelphia’s legal community. The founder of Haines & Associates, he was also head of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and is a past chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, which makes him one of a select group to have headed both organizations.