3 year anniversary of the lawsuit Darrell Best lodged - STILL ongoing

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3 year anniversary of the lawsuit Darrell Best lodged - STILL ongoing

27 August 2017 at 9:01:51 AM

You run for office. Someone doesn't like it that you won, and puts in a petition to remove you from office. The local county attorney, acting as the State of Texas, decides to legitimize the petition by joining it. Every aspect of the petition is based on the defendant's freedom of speech (or, falsely, erroneously including me, wife and blog owner of Somervell County Salon). The elected official fights back, on grounds he has freedom of speech and freedom to petition (Anti-Slapp) . He wins, is not removed from office, wins at the 10th court of appeals, twice. The county attorney, who has lost every round, and now has a judgement against him, appeals to the Texas Supreme Court. What is a SLAPP suit? 

Status, especially since it's been three years now since George Darrell Best did this. 


Now, how much has Andy Lucas spent (including moneys coming directly from Somervell County's budget) for this case?   

Here's my viewpoint on this whole thing, including the fact that Somervell County commissioners court has not had ONE meeting regarding the possibility that Somervell County taxpayers would, should Lucas lose again at the Texas Supreme Court, have to pay the judgement against the State of Texas. I found it irritating and hypocritical for Danny Chambers to whine about Luminant's lawsuit when he had and has done nothing public (or even in closed session) regarding this lawsuit. Regardless of the ultimate outcome, Somervell County residents should have the ability to be apprised at some level BY Somervell County commissioners court about a case which, if Andy Lucas continues to lose, could cost taxpayers some money. 

Don't forget that *luminaries* such as Ron Hankins (he will remind you, faded glory style, quite often, that he was county attorney for almost 20 years, in case you might forget)  believe that if someone in this county runs with a platform in mind, is elected with more support and votes that Hankins even got, and then attempts to do what he was elected to do, Hankins thinks he should be sued. Because, youi know, anyone that is elected by the people should just do what Hankins the Dictator says. 

Anyone can put in a petition to remove someone from office. But if I, for example, said that there were martians in my back yard who were secretly communicating with Ron Hankins and thus he needed to go, my petition would be rightly ignored. In this case, the county attorney decided to join in and make it a State of Texas case, which has  lost in every round so far, thus potentially implicating Somervell County taxpayers to pay his judgement. And this is all because he and Best didn't like what Harper SAID. (Or what I said in my own blog post that was falsely attributed to my husband). Ie, Freedom of speech. It's too bad that it seems like at so many levels Somervell County decides to act as an extra-legal, unconstitutional country with its own rules. (Reminder, side note, that Somervell County Judge Danny Chambers is also operating an unconstitutional commissioners court) 

Also too bad that someone can run for office, get sued,  and have it going into now THREE YEARS without a final resolution. Have to wonder whether this type of thing might deter anyone who is not a *good old boy* (and that includes women) from running for office if they aren't goosestepping in line with the self-important? 


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