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Averting a jury trial set for late October, former Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Jim Tramel reached a settlement in his lawsuit against Sheriff Robert Arnold in which he claimed he was fired in June 2013 for political reasons.
Both parties concluded at a sealed settlement in early October, Tramel confirmed today. He declined to give details.
His attorney, Terry Fann, also confirmed that the lawsuit has been resolved.
Tramel filed a notice of settlement Oct. 3 and requested the case be removed from the court's calendar. The judge ordered both parties to file an order of compromise and dismissal, according to Ann Frantz, a clerk in U.S. District Court in Nashville.
Sheriff Arnold also said, "It's been resolved."
Tramel filed suit against Rutherford County and the sheriff shortly after he was fired in June 2013, contending that Arnold retaliated against him because he expressed an interest in running for sheriff and because he made public statements about problems within the sheriff's office, violating his First Amendment rights and the Public Employee Political Freedom Act of 1980.