Federal Judge Makes Ruling On Excessive Force Case

A federal judge has ruled two Ontario County deputies illegally entered a Waterloo home in 2008, and that one of them used excessive force to make an arrest.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Siragusa granted partial summary judgment to William Morse in his lawsuit against deputies Patrick Fitzgerald and Matthew Asquino.

Morse, who lived on Route 96 in Waterloo at the time of the incident but has since moved to Missouri, is seeking approximately 1.6 million dollars in damages.

Morse was a former deputy in Ontario and Seneca counties. He was accused of writing a bad check to an energy company in Phelps for fuel delivery. Morse claims Fitzgerald and Asquino entered his home without permission, and Fitzgerald later put him into a wrestling hold.

Morse said his rights under the Fourth Amendment, which deals with searches and seizures, were violated and the excessive force resulted in surgery.

Morse has, to this point, represented himself.

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