In a puzzling move, the city has sent a subpoena to legendary NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico for information on his interactions with, among other people, this reporter.
The subpoena was sent as part of the city’s defense of the lawsuit filed by Adrian Schoolcraft, who is suing the city over the infamous Oct. 31, 2009, incident in which police bosses ordered him dragged out of his apartment and placed in the Jamaica Hospital psych ward.
The revelation was first disclosed in Leonard Levitt’s NYPD Confidential column on Monday. The reasoning behind it is unclear: it could be a suggestion that Serpico somehow influenced Schoolcraft which is doubtful, or it could be the city casting a wide net for as much information as possible.
Suzanna Publicker Mettham, the city attorney handling the Schoolcraft case, said this: “Based on reported comments by Mr. Serpico to media outlets, we have reason to believe that he may have information relevant to Adrian Schoolcraft’s lawsuit. As he is not a party, a subpoena was recently served requesting any relevant documents in his possession.”
Christopher Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union will represent Serpico, who became famous for exposing systemic bribery and corruption in the NYPD. His life story was made into a best-selling book and movie. He lives quietly in upstate New York, and has been an off-and-on confidant of the Schoolcrafts.
In addition to this reporter, among the many other people mentioned in the subpoena are: Levitt; David Durk, who aided Serpico back in the day and referred Schoolcraft’s complaints in August, 2009 to Internal Affairs; and Dunn. Mettham also seeks any communication Serpico had with a host of agencies about Schoolcraft.