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Vernon weighing courtroom options

Last Modified: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 11:38 AM

By Lauren Manary / American Press

LEESVILLE — An accident last year between a Vernon Parish sheriff’s unit and a parish fire truck has changed the way Vernon Parish will handle subsequent litigation, according to a parish official.

The Police Jury voted Tuesday to remove the parish’s prohibition of jury trials in litigation against the governing body and Fire District 1. The resolution also waives the prohibition of jury trials in pending litigation. No juror opposed the measure.

According to Terry Lambright, the panel’s legal counsel, a collision occurred between a fire department vehicle and a vehicle with parish jail inmates last year on La. 10. Because of the accident, he said, the Police Jury chose to reconsider the way it handles legal proceedings in relation to the fire district.

“I guess the main thing is, is if this goes to court, it allows us to have a jury trial,” Parish Administrator-Treasurer Rhonda Plummer said. “Basically our legal advice said that is our best option.”

Officials offered no details on the accident, citing pending litigation.

Also at the meeting, the Police Jury re-elected James Tuck as president and Curtis Clay as vice president.

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