BOCC, commissioners sued in federal court

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

The lawsuit alleges that McElroy was invited into the room where commissioners were concluding preparation for the meeting where she offered documents pertaining to her upcoming comments that morning.

McElroy was again invited up during “Public Discussion” during which she “falsely and maliciously” attacked the PAC and Garth, detailing information from the SAO investigation which had already been closed, the lawsuit details.

McElroy and Williams used the term “extortion” to describe the actions of Garth and the PAC and criticized the actions of several local individuals during the investigation.

The lawsuit alleges that after that meeting, multiple phone calls, from one or more of the named defendants, were made to the SAO in order to have the “extortion” investigation reopened.

The sole result of the reopening of the case, the lawsuit details, was to shift the focus to a criminal conviction of Garth’s more than 40 years old and whether his voting rights had been restored.

The evidence of the conviction and the voting rights question has never been made public.

When the Gulf County Supervisor of Elections moved ahead to remove Garth from the voters rolls, the SAO failed to provide evidence of a crime and suggested the removal of Garth from the voting rolls should not progress.

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