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A tip of the hat and maybe even a 21 gun salute should go to attorney Thomas S. Neuberger who fought for the rights of three Delaware State Troopers. Employees should be able to speak candidly about unsafe or unhealthy conditions in the workplace.

Troopers awarded $2 million in lawsuit

State police leaders were accused of retaliation

WILMINGTON — A federal jury awarded nearly $2 million Wednesday to three state police troopers who accused the agency’s former and current commanders of retaliating against them for speaking about environmental conditions at the department’s firing range.

This is the second lawsuit former state police Col. L. Aaron Chaffinch has lost to a trooper and the first for his successor, Thomas F. MacLeish. The lawsuit was the latest in a long line of legal challenges, dating back nearly a decade, to the agency’s management and policies.

“My clients and their families are overjoyed and thank God that their prayers have been answered,” attorney Thomas S. Neuberger said after the verdict was read in U.S. District Court. “These troopers thank the judge and jury for a fair trial and restoring their honor and good names.”

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