The Camden County Commission is going after legal fees after winning a decision in U.S. District Court. They’ve filed a motion to recoup more than$140-thousand in attorney’s fees and costs related to a suit filed by County Clerk Rowland Todd against the commission claiming violations of his First Amendment rights. Reading from a statement prepared by legal counsel for the county commission, presiding commissioner Greg Hasty says the suit filed by Todd was nothing more than a political ploy…
The court entered a judgement earlier this month in favor of the commissioners and against Todd. The case was resolved on a summary judgement which means no general issue of material fact supported the lawsuit filed by Todd. A jury trial had been scheduled for August 6th.
STATEMENT FROM COUNTY COMMISSION LEGAL COUNSEL Chet Pleban:
The Camden County Commissioners filed a motion with the United States District Court for the Western District seeking to recoup attorneys’ fees and costs in a lawsuit filed against them by Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd.
On June 6, 2018, the Court entered a judgement in favor of the Commissioners and against Todd. The Commissioners are seeking to recover $144,989.91 of taxpayer funds used to defend the suit. The motion alleges that “This case was nothing more than a political ploy. It wasted this Court’s resources and taxpayer money in defending these claims, which were clearly frivolous, unreasonable, groundless, and without foundation. The Plaintiff knew on February 21, 2017, when he sent the letter, that it was not protected by the First Amendment”
“This case was resolved on a summary judgment which means the Court found no general issue of material fact and therefore, nothing for a jury to decide. In filing the motion, the Commissioners feel that they have an obligation to the residents of Camden County to attempt to recover these taxpayer funds.”