Controversial Hartford lawyer Wesley Spears sued a Plainville police sergeant for telling the Hartford Courant Spears instructed a client to destroy evidence. Totally false, according to the lawsuit filed earlier this month.
Sergeant Dean Cyr filed a grievance complaint against Spears, claiming the attorney conspired with an individual named Eric Krajewski- allegedly Spears’s client- to assault to police officers and destroy evidence, the lawsuit said.“Subsequently, Detective Cyr in interviews with the Hartford Courant and the New Britain Herald newspaper reaffirmed the accuracy of the police report which he attached to his grievance, having actual knowledge that the statements in the subject police reports were false,” the complaint said.Plainville police did not return a call for comment. This whole episode began when police arrived at Krajewski’s house in July 2004 and attempted to keep him outside while they sought a search warrant, according to the Hartford Courant. Krajewski called someone on the phone, who allegedly instructed him to enter the house and flush evidence of marijuana cultivation down the toilet. Cyr allegedly called a number on Krajewski’s cell phone, who identified himself as “Wes Spears.” However, attorney Spears denied Krajewski was even a client, the Courant reported. Spears told the Courant the number had been disconnected and once belonged to another lawyer.“I didn’t pick his name out of a hat,” Cyr told the Courant in December 2004. “I was given a name and went with it. If we do have this wrong, we want to make it right.“The Grievance Committee dismissed Cyr’s complaint, and Spears alleges he was defamed “because the statements related directly to a violation of the law and [Spears’s] fitness to practice law,” the lawsuit said.Spears once made headlines for allegedly supplying basketball star Marcus Camby with cash and prostitutes while Camby was a student at the University of Massachusetts, in an attempt to become Camby’s agent. Criminal charges were erased from Spears’s record after he completed accelerated rehabilitation.In order to prevail in a slander suit, Spears would likely only have to prove that the allegations against him are false, according to Daniel Klau, a media law attorney at Hartford-based Pepe & Hazard. That’s because Spears wouldn’t be considered a public figure, Klau said. Public figures must meet a higher standard and prove that a defendant knew the disputed facts were false, but made them public anyway.