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    Default Federal Judge orders promotions, overturns reverse racism. New Haven 20 win again!

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    (Updated) A federal judge Tuesday ordered the City of New Haven to promote Frank Ricci and 13 fellow firefighters, ending a years-long freeze on advancement on the cityís fire force.

    Judge Janet Bond Arterton issued the order in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Tuesday. She issued a judgment finding that the city violated a group of mostly white firefightersí civil rights when it tossed out a 2003 promotional test. Click here to read her order.

    The ruling came five years after Ricci (pictured above at left), Ben Vargas (at right in photo) and 18 white firefighters sued the city over the 2003 promotional exam. They claimed their rights were violated when the city threw out the test results because African-Americans performed poorly.

    Arterton initially dismissed the case, Ricci v. DeStefano, when it came before her. Firefighters appealed and took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. In issuing the ruling Tuesday, Arterton was following instructions from the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse her prior ruling.

    Artertonís order came on the heels of a move from a group of black firefighters, who filed suit earlier this month seeking to prevent the city from going forward with any promotions based on the 2003 exams. While she didnít address their suit, Artertonís ruling indicates that she wonít let them stand in the way.

    After the case landed back in New Haven, both the plaintiffs and the city issued briefs this month recommending who should be promoted. Both sides agreed that 14 of the New Haven 20 made the cut. Some didnít do well enough to warrant promotion, but they didnít know that when they launched the suit in 2004. Artertonís ruling is in keeping with their recommendations.

    Arterton ordered the cityís Civil Service Board to certify the results of the 2003 tests for captain and lieutenant, then promote 14 of the plaintiffs, dubbed the ďNew Haven 20.Ē

    Reached Tuesday evening, city Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden said the city will go forward with the promotions ďas soon as practicable.Ē He declined to be pinned down on a date.

    Reached separately by phone, Attorney Karen Torre said she was out to dinner celebrating the victory and was unable to comment.

    In her order, Arterton named who of the New Haven 20 should advance in rank.

    She ordered the city to promote the following eight firefighters to lieutenant:

    Frank Ricci
    Michael Blatchley
    Greg Boivin
    Michael Christoforo
    Ryan Divito
    Steven Durand
    Christoper Parker
    Mark Vendetto

    These six firefighters will be promoted to captain, according to the judgeís orders:

    Gary Carbone
    William Gambardella
    Brian Jooss
    Matthew Marcarelli
    Timothy Scanlon
    Benjamin Vargas
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    It's about time!!!!!
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    Bravo, BRAVO!!
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    Righting a previous injustuce is truly something to be thankful for! Congratulations on the final results of the long-fought battle, Brothers! Happy Thanksgiving!
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    Outstanding!!

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    It is pass time, should have been the first time.
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    Congratulations. It is about time.
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    They will be thankful tommorow!

    Congrats!

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    Good good. That's great

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    Now .. lets address the matter of back pay !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by owenscott View Post
    Now .. lets address the matter of back pay !!!
    Yeah baby!!

    Please pay at this window!





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    Can we replace Sotomayor with this guy?
    Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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    Victory! It is about time!
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    Congratulations to the New Haven lads. Just a question, since this was decided at the Supreme Court level, does this establish a binding precedent nation wide or is it restricted to this particular case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanLoader View Post
    Congratulations to the New Haven lads. Just a question, since this was decided at the Supreme Court level, does this establish a binding precedent nation wide or is it restricted to this particular case?
    It now can be used as case law for any future similar litigation.
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    I bet they are sure glad they saw this through and didn't just roll over and take. Hopefully it will be an example for others around the country. The good guys can win sometimes.

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    Thank God...I'm so glad to see something good come from this colossal pile of.... I'm so sick of the "race" card being used to promote ANYONE of ANY color who doesn't qualify.

    These guys deserve the promotions because they scored the highest. Case closed.
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    Shouldn't of ever had to go this far to begin with.

    Congratulations to the "20"

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    Amen, shows that studying and hard work does actually pay off sometimes instead of being someone who expects to get the promotion anyway.

    Test being racial biased, what a load of crap. What is there different firehouses and ladders for different races?!?!?!

    Besides African-Americans (half of which their ancestors were not from Aafrica anyway) need to remeber they are not the only color out there.

    Congrats New Haven 20!! You deserve it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Car651 View Post
    Shouldn't of ever had to go this far to begin with.

    Congratulations to the "20"
    Actually, I think its great it did go this far. I'm sure it was very difficult for the New Haven lads, but now the decision is enshrined in law and will hopefully help settle things down.

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