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Sheriff Duke Back to Work After Winning Lawsuit in Tennessee
By David Gonzalez
Wichita County Sheriff David Duke is back to work after winning a lawsuit against him and the county by a woman claiming false arrest.
Donna Johnson claims she was falsely arrested in Tennessee for theft on a warrant from the Wichita County Sheriff's Office and was seeking at least $500,000 in damages.
Meredith Kennedy with the Wichita County District Attorney's Office says they're happy with last week's outcome.
Kennedy says their lawyer in Tennessee is calling their victory one of the fastest civil verdicts they'd ever seen in that state on a case like this.
She says the lawsuit was an inconvenience on the county and taxpayers.
"It was an important case for us to go to Tennessee and defend on behalf of Sheriff Duke and Allen Boyd, the officer who actually signed the arrest warrant," Kennedy says. "We were there for two weeks. It was a long trial but it was very much worth it for the county to be vindicated."
Johnson was arrested after a long running dispute over photographs she was supposed to shoot of the sheriff's staff.
She claims she was abused by staff in a detention center in Chattanooga.
However, the county's legal team argued the woman was operating a scam photography business and stealing thousands from law enforcement offices across the country.
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