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Court gives OK to lawsuit against Hamblen sheriff

Staff Report • Dec 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

A federal appeals court this week gave the green light to a lawsuit against Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnigan for refusing to put back out on the road an employee who drove his cruiser drunk and crashed into a grocery store sign.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion Thursday turning aside a bid by Jarnigan to have a lawsuit filed by jailer Harold Wolfe tossed out before it goes to trial.

The court was supposed to review a similar decision by Greeneville U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman, who reluctantly had allowed the lawsuit to proceed. Instead, the appellate court focused most of its opinion criticizing Jarnigan's attorneys for raising issues Inman had not been asked to address.

Read the full report at the Knoxville News Sentinel's Web site.

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