Released by Adrienne Graham with Smith County:
A jury verdict has been reached late this afternoon in the lawsuit filed by local attorney Ken W. Good against Smith County Judge Joel Baker and former Precinct 1 Commissioner JoAnn Fleming. The suit alleged that the two officials violated the Texas Open Meetings Act in a series of eight meetings concerning potential plans for a downtown jail in 2008. Visiting Judge John Nelms presided over the case that lasted five days.
The jury found that there were no open meetings violations when Judge Baker and Mrs. Fleming met with community leaders to develop a proposal to present to the full Commissioners Court regarding a jail bond to address jail overcrowding.