Settlement reached in election lawsuit

CNJ staff

A settlement has been reached in a case levied against Curry County by two residents upset over the placement of a video at the courthouse prior to the Nov. 2 general election.

Terms of the settlement have not been filed in district court and the judge could not be reached for comment.

On Wednesday, attorneys for both sides confirmed settlement was reached Monday.

The case, filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, was heard via teleconference by Roswell District Judge Charles Currier.

The petition filed in the case did not seek money or other damages.

Prior to the election, Al Lewis and JW Graham asked for a court injunction forcing the county to remove what it called an informational video about two bond issues, which played continuously in the courthouse lobby.

The county denied any wrong doing, but removed the video a week before the election.

The men proceeded with their case because they said they wanted a ruling for guidance in future elections.

The bond issues — aimed at increasing property and gross receipts taxes to pay for the $33 million, first phase of an estimated $90 million judicial complex — were ultimately defeated by 73-27 percent of voters.