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Expensive Sumter County Lawsuit

Bill NeSmith Sumter County attorney. Bill NeSmith Sumter County attorney.
SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - The American Civil Liberties Union joins a lawsuit challenging new school board voting districts in Sumter County.

Voter Matt Wright initially filed the suit against the Board of Elections, claiming new district lines are discriminatory.

The Sumter County Commission has hired a law firm from Atlanta with expertise on the Civil Rights Act to defend the board of elections.

The county attorney says they're seeking a summary judgment, hoping to get the case thrown out and avoid a costly trial.

"Is typically around $400,000, if summary judgment is not successful and you go all the way to trial it can typically somewhere between 8-900,000 dollars and that was revealed in an open meeting," said Bill NeSmith Sumter County attorney.

NeSmith says the county is still working on its defense and trying to figure out how to pay for it.

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