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The Scoop 1-6
Wilcher to escape giant lawsuit bill
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A popular thought I've heard throughout the community is Warren County government should take legal action to have the $59,000 it spent defending a federal lawsuit reimbursed.The lawsuit was filed by one of its own officials, Commissioner Michael Shane Wilcher, after another official, Commissioner Ron Lee, threatened to beat him up if he sent any more mail to his house.The lawsuit was finally tossed out of court Dec. 28, but not before the judge called it a "childish spat" and suggested Wilcher's feelings were entirely too delicate.From what I've heard some folks say, making Wilcher pay the $59,000 would teach him a valuable lesson so to speak and could serve to prevent him from filing lawsuits in the future. When I asked Mr. Wilcher about this Wednesday night, he indicated that would not be the case."I hope the possibility of me having to pay the legal fees of the county and Ron Lee wouldn't discourage anyone, let alone me, from filing future lawsuits if misconduct, threats of bodily harm were to be perpetrated in the future, or civil rights were violated in the future," said Wilcher.It does seem like cruel irony that someone elected to serve the taxpayers would end up costing the taxpayers $59,000, but County Executive Herschel Wells says it doesn't appear the county will be able to get back the majority of the $59,000."According to our attorneys, we can't recoup any of our expenses except for the money for taping and recording the depositions," said Wells.The county has been billed for $4,930 for recording depositions, according to director of accounts Linda Hillis. Wells did say the county would pursue that money."Absolutely," said Wells when asked if the county would seek to recoup the deposition money.