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 For Immediate Release
Oct 4, 1999 Contact: Press Office


Philly Mayor Ed Rendell, District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and Pennsylvania Teamsters Head John Morris Among Defendants In Lawsuit

October 4 Press Conference Announcing Filing of Lawsuit In Front of Liberty Bell, Philadelphia at 2:00 PM

(Washington, D.C.) Judicial Watch, a not-for-profit, public interest law firm that exposes and prosecutes government corruption, will file a civil rights lawsuit today in federal court on behalf of two citizens who were beaten by Philadelphia Teamsters supporting President Clinton. Defendants in the lawsuit include Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, District Attorney Lynne Abraham and Teamsters official John Morris. A copy of the complaint will be available on the Internet at

On October 2, 1998, Don and Teri Adams, brother and sister, were viciously beaten by Teamsters acting under the direction of powerful Pennsylvania Teamsters boss John Morris. At the time, the Adams' were exercising their First Amendment rights by advocating the impeachment of Bill Clinton during the President's fundraising visit to Philadelphia. The beating was caught by news and other cameras on videotape and was broadcast nationwide. Despite exculpatory videotape and police evidence, Lynne Abraham prosecuted the victim of the crime, Don Adams, and refused to bring any charges against John Morris, whose local union has a history of violence.

The lawsuit alleges, on information and belief, that Philly Mayor Ed Rendell arranged for the Teamsters' presence and reasonably foreseeable beating to curry favor with the President, Vice President, the Clinton-Gore Administration, Democratic Party, and its 2000 convention. Is it a coincidence that Rendell is now Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, reportedly for his closeness to Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and his fundraising prowess?

"Don and Teri Adams were beaten, defamed and had their civil rights violated for simply exercising their precious First Amendment rights. This lawsuit seeks to protect those rights and to punish the corrupt political and union forces in Philadelphia and Washington that effectively endorse, further and implement threats, intimidation, blackmail and political violence," stated Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman.

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