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Police secretary seeks to sue mayor in civil rights case

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The lawyer for a Newton police secretary who is suing the city filed a motion Monday to add Mayor Setti Warren personally as a defendant in the civil complaint, alleging he was involved in a conspiracy to bring false criminal charges against her.

The motion cites sworn testimony from fired police chief Matthew Cummings saying that Warren was solely responsible for the decision to seek theft charges against secretary Jeanne Sweeney Mooney, who was accused of stealing office funds and placed on paid administrative leave in September 2011. She was acquitted by a jury in May.

The city fired back Monday with an opposing response calling the new claim “devoid of factual allegations” and based on the “self-serving” testimony of Cummings.

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