Manchester Alderman Levasseur suing former alderman Greazzo over ‘defamatory statements’
Levasseur, in the suit filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court earlier this month, accuses Greazzo of making “ongoing and never-ending defamatory statements” that “impugn the plaintiff’s character, honesty, integrity, morality, or professional abilities.”
“A line in the sand has been drawn by this outrageously defamatory statement,” the suit states.
“Phil has a basic constitutional right to speak out about an elected official’s fitness for public office,” Ross wrote in an email. “Alderman Levasseur hasn’t even claimed that he’s been injured, just that his pride and feelings are hurt. Boo hoo. A frivolous lawsuit doesn’t make a good comfort blanket, and he’ll be very disappointed with the result. Seems like a waste of everyone’s time and money.”
Greazzo, who had represented Ward 10, lost a hard-fought election in November, and the campaign coincided with scrutiny from Levasseur and others over the dog park. Levasseur suggested that the park was operating in violation of its agreement with the city.
Ross was the pro-bono attorney for Adam Mueller, the man charged with violating the state wiretapping law by secretly recording a conversation with Manchester school officials and posting the recording on the website CopBlock. Mueller was interested in documenting alleged police brutality against a student. The state Supreme Court threw out Mueller’s conviction in February.