Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg has, for the past 40 years, been a leader in the fields of civil rights law and criminal defense. Our areas of expertise in constitutional litigation include police misconduct, prisoner rights, search and seizure, and the protection of First Amendment rights.

Federal Court Issues Strong Opinion Confirming That Citizens Cannot Be Arrested For Videotaping Police

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Judge Gerald Austin McHugh) has issued a timely opinion given, as noted by the Court, “recent events nationally, where videotapes by citizens have proven to be indispensable in bringing to light instances where police unfortunately misused their power.” The Opinion was issued in the case […]

KRMF and ACLU Issue Report Finding Continued Pattern of Unlawful Stops and Frisks by Philadelphia Police

KRMF along with its co-counsel ACLU of Pennsylvania filed its Fifth Report on February 24, 2015 as part of the monitoring process in Bailey v. Philadelphia, a lawsuit filed in 2010 alleging that Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) officers had a pattern and practice of stopping and frisking pedestrians without legal justification and disproportionately stopping African-Americans. The Report shows […]

KRMF Wrongful Arrest Case Involving Seven Months of Incarceration Settled During Trial

KRMF partner Paul Messing reached a substantial settlement on Dec. 22 on behalf of client Philip Sudler, bringing resolution to Mr. Sudler’s civil rights claims against two officers of the West Chester Police Department.  As detailed in press coverage of the settlement, Mr. Sudler spent seven months in jail on accusations that he had attempted to commit a […]