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