Former deputy Marshall Wilcox's attorney, Craig Mathis.
November 20, 2006
Leesburg --- Last month Lee County's youngest commissioner filed a lawsuit against two sheriff's deputies claiming they violated her rights.
Now, one of the defendant's attorney is questioning the lawsuits legality and launching a recall against Commissioner Linda Jo Ealum.
Attorney Craig Mathis, representing former deputy Marshall Wilcox, called the lawsuit a conflict of interest. Mathis announced plans to file a counter suit to Commissioner Jo Ealum's lawsuit.
"First of all I'm questioning whether or not she has violated her oath of office in filing the lawsuit. Second, I'm questioning whether the statute of limitations has run out on this lawsuit," said Mathis.
Ealum and her sister, Susie Kalyn Ealum, were accused of throwing an underage drinking party at their home. The criminal case against them was dropped by Judge Rucker Smith earlier this year.
Mathis has also launched an effort to recall Ealum. Mathis needs 100 signatures from registered voters to apply for the recall.