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Judge nixes lawsuit accusing local officials of misspending

April 11, 2019

MARION, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Lauderdale County resident who accused county supervisors of neglecting an aging courthouse by spending funding elsewhere.

The Meridian Star reported Wednesday that the judge said Tommy Williams doesn’t have standing to sue. Williams and his attorney argued in February for the court to object to the supervisors’ spending while the courthouse remained in disrepair.

A grand jury and Gov. Phil Bryant have complained about the hazardous conditions of the courthouse, which was built in 1903 and has required repairs for more than 40 years.

The supervisors say they’ve been trying for years to relocate offices to a building owned by the U.S. Postal Service so repairs can start, but they’re still waiting for the postal service to agree to sell it.

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Information from: The Meridian Star, http://www.meridianstar.com