Since the charges brought against plaintiff by law enforcement is ongoing, should one wait for that case to come to rest before pursuing WM and other possible law suites?
A: The criminal prosecution could force the defendant to waive his right to refuse to testify during the civil action. So, yes, waiting is probably required.
What about the fact that this cousin does not believe in pleading guilty to an offense not committed. Should the cousin take a plea bargain? and can the terms of the bargain stop the plaintiff from suing law enforcement? The plea bargain is offering F5 (menacing), and 3-misdemeanors charges, plus stip to probation, letter, and community service.
A: You're asking some criminal law questions, here. I don't discuss customer criminal law matters in this forum, for a number of legal and ethical reasons. I hope you won't hold it against me.
If you want to discuss the criminal law aspects of the case, you can post a new question in the justanswer.com criminal law category, and someone else will almost certainly assist you further.
Re whether or not a plea bargain can taint a civil action, yes, it can. An admission of guilt would effectively destroy any civil action against law enforcement concerning the same subject matter.
Hope this helps.