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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Circuit Clerk

Tuesday, December 12, 2000, 12:00 pm News Flash Archive

Tuesday morning, Special Judge Edward Prisock dismissed the lawsuit filed by Alix Sanders against Leflore County Circuit Clerk Trey Evans.

Neither Alix Sanders nor his attorney showed up for the hearing in Court Tuesday morning.

The judge granted Circuit Clerk Trey Evans' motion for Summary Judgment. Mr. Evans was represented by Greenwood attorney Tom Calhoun.

Sanders, a long-time Leflore County Supervisor, was defeated for re-election by Wayne Self last November, 1999. Sanders filed an election contest, but waited until after the filing deadline had already passed.

Sanders sued Mr. Self, the candidate who defeated him, as well as Circuit Clerk Trey Evans, and the Election Commission.

Sanders claimed that the Clerk had conspired to deny him his right to inspect the ballot boxes after his defeat.

After Sanders' attorney, Johnnie Walls of Greenville, filed his lawsuit last December, he did not file any additional papers, or conduct any discovery in support of his case. Sanders attorney also refused to answer the papers filed by Trey Evans' attorney.

Judge Prisock indicated he intends to require Alix Sanders to pay the Circuit Clerk's costs and attorney's fees. Mr. Sanders failed to prove any of his claims against the Circuit Clerk, and made no effort to do so.

For the time being, Mr. Sanders' lawsuit against Wayne Self and the Election Commission remains in effect.

The Taxpayers Channel was the only media outlet to attend the court proceedings.

John Pittman Hey
The Taxpayers Channel

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