Thomas’ ante litem notice, a document required to be submitted before filing litigation against a government, claims the actions of the county’s ethics board and the subsequently issued reprimand violated Hunter’s First, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
“The reason for the financial demand is clear,” Hunter’s consultant and spokesman, Seth Weathers, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They have permanently damaged Mr. Hunter’s future employment opportunities.”
A Gwinnett spokesman declined to comment on the would-be lawsuit, but an attorney representing the county filed a response to Thomas’ notice on Nov. 30.
In the strongly worded, six-page response, attorney Ken Jarrard called each of Thomas’ claims to be meritless and said any lawsuit would be “vigorously defended by Gwinnett County.”
Weathers said a lawsuit is still planned but, as of Thursday, nearly two months after the ante litem notice was sent, no federal litigation had actually been filed.
Hunter suffered a heart attack in late December but his recovery is going "well," Weathers said.
Tommy Hunter is suing all his colleagues, the county and the county ethics board following his public reprimand for controversial comments he posted on Facebook.
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