On Wednesday a federal court jury in Oxford rendered a plaintiff verdict of $83,447.08 in Griggs v. Chickasaw County. Here is the resulting Judgment.

The plaintiff Lamon Griggs was a Chickasaw County bailiff and solid waste enforcement officer who ran for Sheriff against long-time chief deputy and current Sheriff James Meyers. Griggs lost. Meyers took office and fired Griggs to settle the score.

The jury determined that the firing was wrongful and awarded Griggs $83,447.

Jimmie Gates has a good article in the Clarion-Ledger with more info. on the verdict.

Jim Waide and Rachel Pierce Waide of Waide & Associates in Tupelo represented the plaintiff.

Defense attorneys were Daniel Griffith and Jamie Ferguson Jacks of Jacks Griffith Luciano, P.A. in Cleveland and Gary Carnathan of Tupelo.

District Judge Sharion Aycock presided.

My Take:

A typical small-town political play goes bad. There are more sophisticated ways to deal with political enemies.