This is some serious chutzpah. As reported by The Chicago Tribune:
A Chicago police officer fired after a video camera recorded him beating a female bartender [see above] is asking a judge to review his termination.
The grounds? They include:
[improperly] using the infamous videotape in deciding to fire him; and
wrongly viewing as a problem Abbate’s decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at least 75 times during his board hearing.
Likelihood of success?
Abbate’s challenge could be moot, as he was convicted of felony aggravated battery in criminal court last summer. The city bars the hiring of people with felony convictions as police officers.
Um … er … nevermind.
Update: Not only was his termination upheld, but Chicago was hit with an $850,000 verdict in the civil suit. You can read more here.