Greenwood Mayor Off The Hook For Legal Fees For Now

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — A judge will decide who will pay legal fees in a long-running court fight over a Greenwood mayoral race. In 2013, independent Carolyn McAdams won by 206 votes over Democrat Sheriel Perkins. Perkins filed a lawsuit, contending illegal voting had occurred. A judge dismissed the lawsuit two years later but ordered McAdams to pay $6,440 to Perkins’ attorney – her husband, state Rep. Willie Perkins. Perkins served one term as mayor before McAdams defeated her in 2009, and the dispute has lasted longer than McAdams’ last term as mayor. On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the trial court judge was wrong to say the award of attorney’s fees was mandatory and he will reconsider the issue.

 

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