Judge Issues Stay On Dennis White’s Case, Blocking His Firing

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Suffolk Superior Court judge has issued a stay on her previous ruling that denied a request from suspended Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White. This latest move blocks Acting Mayor Kim Janey from firing him.

White was placed on administrative leave after just two days on the job. This after decades-old domestic abuse allegations against him resurfaced.

On Tuesday, Judge Heidi Brieger denied White’s attempt to stop his firing. He had wanted a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order.

In her ruling, Judge Brieger wrote that White “is not entitled to an injunction because he is unlikely to succeed on the merits and has failed to show irreparable harm.”

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She also ruled that a small hearing, where parties could simply to talk to each other, is adequate, and a grand trial-like hearing was not needed.

In the request for the stay, White’s attorney Nick Carter wrote that without one, “Commissioner White will suffer irreparable harm as Defendants have made it clear they intend to terminate him without the constitutionally-mandated trial-like, name-clearing hearing.”

Carter said that if that happens, it will be “impossible” for White to work in law enforcement again.

Before the judge had issued the stay, Acting Mayor Janey said in a statement that she applauded Judge Brieger’s ruling, and that “It is time to move our City and the Boston Police Department forward.”

Previously, in a sworn affidavit, former Commissioner William Gross said that former Mayor Marty Walsh was briefed on White’s background as early as 2014. Walsh denies that claim.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reported this story.

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