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1/5/05-Longview

Wood County Deputies Sue Sheriff

A federal lawsuit has been filed by four former Wood county sheriffs deputies against that county, claiming they were wrongfully fired by the newly elected sheriff for supporting his opponent. Republican "Dwaine Daugherty" beat democrat "Joyce Box" in November to replace "Bill Skinner", who retired.

The four deputies who filed the lawsuit Monday say Daugherty fired them when he took office Saturday because the deputies actively supported Box. The lawsuit claims their firing violates their first amendment right to free speech.

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