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On March the 9th, 2012 I attended the Millsap Candidate Forum, I was appalled by Larry Lippincott’s speech stating that the $1.5 million dollar lawsuit had been dismissed.
I guess you could say he stood in front of all the Parker County Residents and flat out LIED.
The lawsuit Larry Lippincott refers to was CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:06-CV -094-Y, filed in the Unites States District Court For The Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. The lawsuit was not dismissed, but settled out of court for an undetermined amount in November 2008.
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There were 2 plaintiffs Ms. Rohus & Mrs. Hardy. Because Mrs. Hardy was Larry Lippincott’s Chief Deputy her suit was dismissed because Larry was entitled to “sovereign immunity”.
In the Summary Judgment signed and dated March 31, 2008 by United States District Judge Terry R. Means the Court concluded that Larry Lippincott HAD VIOLATED Ms. Rohus’s First Amendment Rights and that he was NOT entitled to qualified immunity.
There was never a trial because Parker County did not want to go through an expensive jury trial so they talked Ms. Rohus into settling out of Court for an UNDISCLOSED amount of MONEY. Meaning that the Tax Payers of Parker County paid for Larry Lippincott’s misconduct while in office.
All this information is public record you just have to dig for it and get copies from the District Courts.
I also researched the Parker County Commissioners Court Minutes and found that on October 14, 2008, a “Motion was made by COMMISSIONER BRINKLEY and second by COMMISSIONER WEBSTER to approve a settlement of litigation for case of Kay Rohus vs. Parker County in accordance with the agreement settlement set forth by the insurance company, in an amount not to exceed Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars ($35,000.00).”
Vote to above Motion:
Commissioner Choate NAY
Commissioner Brinkley AYE
Commissioner Roth AYE
Commissioner Webster AYE
Judge Riley AYE MOTION CARRIED
Although the final settlement amount was sealed this gives you an indication as to the amount of money Larry Lippincott’s action cost the county not to mention the time and energy spent by the County Judge, Commissioners, County Attorney and their staff to try and right this wrong.
I am asking the VOTERS of Parker County to Re-elect Marjorie King as our Tax-Assessor Collector.
Also please remember Early Voting Starts Monday May 14th-Friday May 25th, 2012 and Primary Election Day will be Tuesday May 29th, 2012.
- Shirleen Havins, Millsap