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Bend suit dropped

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

A lawsuit filed against the city of Horseshoe Bend and others has come to a halt, and depositions which were scheduled in Horseshoe Bend City Hall on March 18 have been cancelled, according to documents filed Feb. 20 in the U.S. District Court.

The federal case brought against the city by Ruth and Arlon Parks was administratively closed after a letter was submitted by their attorney.

The plaintiff's attorney, Edward W. Chandler, is temporarily unable to operate his law practice. Chandler's son was critically injured in a recent motor vehicle accident. Thomas N. Kieklak, an attorney with the Arkansas Municipal League who represented the city, the mayor and the police chief, said Chandler has made the decision not to pursue the Parkses' case so he can care for his son during his rehabilitation process.

Ruth Parks, former recorder/treasurer for the city of Horseshoe Bend, filed the lawsuit Feb. 6, 2001, claiming her civil rights were violated when defendants allegedly tried to scheme against her to destroy her reputation so she would not be re-elected. Parks was defeated in the election for recorder/treasurer in November of 2000.

Defendants in the case were notified by Kieklak the parties may petition the court to reopen the case at any time.

Kieklak said, "While the defendants feel the suit has no basis and no liability, we do, all of us, wish the very best for Ed Chandler's son. We pray he gets better from the very bottom of our heart."



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