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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007

Stacy George wants judge to release surety

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

Morgan County District 4 Commissioner Stacy George's attorney, Hubert Porter, is asking Circuit Judge Steve Haddock to release $4,500 posted in a lawsuit he filed against his colleagues.

Haddock dismissed two weeks ago the lawsuit that George filed against County Commission Chairman John Glasscock, District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark and David Hannah, data processing manager. George alleged that the men kept him from viewing e-mails on the county's main server.

Haddock required George to post $4,500 surety when he filed the litigation asking for a restraining order to keep the men from destroying the electronic records.

Since Haddock dismissed the case, George said he wants the money back.

"If he rules to keep the money, or give it to (Commission Chairman) John Glasscock, he needs to remember that he is not only ruling against me, but against a large number of constituents who contributed to the cause," George said. "These are people who care about open government, and that's why they made donations."

George said he borrowed the money from the bank and taxpayers from Decatur, Hartselle, Trinity, Somerville and other parts of the county gave him donations to help repay the loan.

In the petition, George is asking the judge to order the return of the money less court costs, which Circuit Clerk John Pat Orr said is about $332. Porter also asked Haddock to reopen the case and take new testimony.

George tried to get access to the e-mail in March after the commission majority ended an investigation of inappropriate material on county computers.

The investigation stemmed from the former human resources director sending sexually charged e-mails to Glasscock, who forwarded them to others outside the courthouse.

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