Tramel-Arnold Jury Trial Set For Oct. 28
Monday, August 18, 2014 5:30 am
A U.S. District Court judge has denied Rutherford County's request for summary judgment and set an October 28th jury trial in a lawsuit filed by former Sheriff's Detective Jim Tramel, who claims he was fired by Sheriff Robert Arnold in June 2013 for political reasons.
Judge Todd Campbell ruled that because of numerous factual disputes in the case, he could not make a ruling in favor of the county based on the evidence it presented. He said the jury will have to judge the credibility of the witnesses and determine which version or versions of the facts to believe.
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.