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Sen. John ketchup fortune photo) revenue campaign Senator H. John he was killed in crash. Heinz Kerry, her children with and The Heinz Endowments which she chairs, 4 percent of outstanding company stock. has not seen as far as sales go, action after The Endowments was accused funding Peaceful Tomorrows, group for Sept. 11 that criticized Bush's use of footage attacks in political Endowments Lawsuit claims retaliation after radar-gun testimony By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG — A state police technician has filed a federal lawsuit claiming his supervisors threatened to fire him after he testified in a court case that a widely used radar gun is prone to false readings. John T. "Tim" Shingara, 55, alleges he was deprived of his free- speech rights and defamed after giving testimony in September that criticized the hand-held Genesis GHS units. "I testified accurately, truly, with documentation in a court of law, doing my job as a professional. I had nothing to gain by doing this — this is what's amazing about the case," Shingara said Monday. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. Middle District Court in Harrisburg, names as defendants Cumberland County deputy prosecutor Jaime M. Keating, Decatur Electronics Inc. president Robert E. Sanner, and three state police supervisors: Kathy A. Skiles, Maj. Wesley R. Waugh and Lt. Col. Ralph M. Periandi. "The defendants embarked upon a course of action to discredit (Shingara), to lie to the press and the public about the truth regarding the Genesis radar gun, and also engaged in efforts to intimidate and deter the plaintiff from speaking out," according to the suit. The defense lawyer for a motorist ticketed for allegedly going Internet Faster & Easier! John T. "Tim" Shingara is claiming the Pennsylvania State Police retaliated against him after he testified about the inaccuracy of the hand-held Genesis CHS radar guns. (AP photo) 70 mph in a 45 inpli /one in Cumberland County subpoenaed Shingara after asking around about who within the state police was most familiar with the radar units' technical aspects. Keating withdrew the ticket after Shingara testified the radar guns were known to mistake the whine of alternators in some I'ord Crown Victorias for speeding drivers. After mat, Shingara's "job was threatened, lie was subjected to a gag order, he was defamed and ridiculed in public, and he is being unlawfully investigated and disciplined," according to (lie suit. i Examples of alleged retaliation cited in the suit include a threat he would be fired, a gag order is- sued by the department against him and statements to others that Shingara was a "disgruntled employee." "When you start retaliating against an employee for testifying truthfully in a court of law, that's going too far," said Shingara's lawyer, Don Hailcy. Shingara, a radio telecommunications specialist assigned to departmental headquarters, said a "prediscipline hearing" has been held but no discipline has resulted so far. Skiles, Waugh, Pe- riandi and Sanner are accused of conspiring to deprive Shingara of his First Amendment rights. Keating, Periandi and Sanner arc being sued for defamation. State police spokeswoman Troopef Linette G. Quinn declined comment on the lawsuit. I REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING

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  1. Indiana Gazette,
  2. 01 May 1991, Wed,
  3. Page 5

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