Councilman asks city to pay for attorney in suit against newspaper - - Jackson, MS

Councilman asks city to pay for attorney in suit against Clarion-Ledger

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes is ready to fight what he calls "lies" printed about him in a Jackson newspaper, and he wants taxpayers to foot the bill.

Tuesday night the ward three councilman started the city council meeting by holding a sign up that read "clarion liar."

Later in the meeting Stokes told the council The Clarion-Ledger newspaper printed lies about him when the paper questioned his attendance at conferences in D.C. and Chicago, where his travel was paid for by Jackson taxpayers. Councilman Stokes presented what he called "proof" to the council that he was present at those meetings. He passed around a badge from the conference in Washington, D.C. and a brochure from a conference in Chicago.

He further discussed the item on Tuesday's agenda where he asked for taxpayer money to bring a lawsuit against the newspaper.

Stokes told the council he was ready to hire attorney Alvin Chambliss Junior. Chambliss was the lead attorney in the famed Ayers case against former governor Kirk Fordice and the state of Mississippi.

The council voted two to five against paying for Stokes' attorney. Stokes said he plans to appeal that vote.

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