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Judge orders local attorney to pay county $62,000

Released by Adrienne Graham with Smith County:

SMITH COUNTY, TX - A judge has ruled that a local attorney must pay Smith County $62,000 as partial reimbursement for attorneys' fees that the County incurred after his lawsuit against Smith County Judge Joel Baker and former Precinct 1 Commissioner JoAnn Fleming in September.

Local attorney Ken W. Good filed the suit, alleging that the two officials violated the Texas Open Meetings Act in a series of eight meetings in 2008 concerning potential plans for a downtown jail.

The jury found that there were no open meetings violations after a five day trial presided over by visiting Judge John Nelms.

"I am pleased with the Judge's decision requiring Mr. Good to repay a portion of the taxpayer dollars used to defend this frivolous lawsuit. We have many worthy projects underway that would benefit from this money. My only regret is that we will not be reimbursed for all of the funds that were expended, but ultimately this is a win for the citizens of Smith County," Smith County Judge Joel Baker said.

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