Civil Service Dismisses Appeal in Bypass for Hire

On June 13, 2011 the Civil Service commission heard Depina v. Boston Police Dept Docket # G1-11-137, this appeal was in response to his being bypassed for the position of full time police officer with the city of Boston.

The case however doesn’t get into the bypass reasons and whether they were sufficient, because it was dismissed due to a legal mistake on the part of Depina who was attempting to represent himself. In cases where plaintiffs represent themselves this is quite common, and the caselaw is littered with winnable cases that die due to technical mistakes.

On December 13 he received his reasons in the mail for his not being selected as a member of the Boston Police Dept. It is critical that certain documents be filed and specific deadlines met in accordance with G.L. ch. 31 and prior case law. The appellant may have believed he was saving some money by not hiring an experienced attorney, but what it all comes down to is one question: What was it worth to him to win?

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to
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