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08.17.06 -- REPORT/PUBLIC RECORDS: Councilman: lawsuit a defensive move

Council Member Jim Strange hopes lawsuit will block recall petition


After an emergency meeting of the McIntosh Town Council Thursday night, Council Member Jim Strange said the lawsuit brought against a local business owner, the town clerk and the county supervisor of elections is purely a defensive action on his part and is not meant as an offensive move.

The complaint filed said Supervisor of Elections Dee Brown was handed over the second step of a petition to recall Strange on Aug. 9. Strange's suit was filed by his attorney Aug. 10.

Strange confirmed that the lawsuit is a way to bring the petition before a judge. He said he chose to sue Sportsman's Cove owner Casey Girardin, Town Clerk Julie Musselman and Brown because they were the persons who brought the recall against him, or in the officials' cases, approved the petition.

When asked if he was concerned that the lawsuit would give residents the perception he was getting even with Girardin for petitioning to have him removed from office, he said he was not. When asked initially Thursday night, he said he was not aware that all three counts ask the court to charge Girardin with court costs. When the question was redirected as to whether he knew or didn't know what was in his complaint, he said he could not comment.

Strange has said in the past he is primarily interested in clearing his name and said that this suit is meant to be a means of doing that. While the complaint does offer as part of an exhibit Strange's 300 word defense that was filed in the town office, it offers no new defense and asks for actions based on the format and questions the method of obtaining signatures.


The following links are to PDFs of Strange's complaint filed at the Marion County courthouse. Defenses for the defendents will be made available in the coming week.

Page one (Adobe pdf 706k )
Page two (Adobe pdf 781k )
Page three ( Adobe pdf 722k )
Page four (Adobe pdf 659k )
Page five (Adobe pdf 690k )
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posted by Cher @ 10:10 PM,


At   August 18, 2006 5:40 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Casey was removed from the lpa for possibly filing actions against the town of McIntosh as stated by Barbara Feldman and Members of McIntosh council this past May. They stated when a council member or civil committee or Board member files a action against the town it is the policy of the town to remove that member until the action is cleared. Why now Jim Strange files a suit against the Dee Brown and Julie he is not removed? Strange isn’t it.


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