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Judge hands down mixed decision in discrimination lawsuit against Muscogee Co Sheriff, city

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A judge handed down a mixed ruling in a discrimination lawsuit against the city of Columbus and the sheriff.

U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land ruled in favor of some of the plaintiffs' allegations, but denied other claims.

City attorney Clifton Fay says the complicated claims by plaintiffs.

Major Terri Ezell and Lieutenant Donna Tompkins' first amendment rights being violated have been ruled out by Judge Clay Land. Both deputies claim Sheriff John Darr demoted them when he took office because they publicly supported Darr's contender Ralph Johnson in 2008.

Darr reorganized the command staff, moving Ezell from running the jail to Recorder's Court. Tompkins was reassigned to the jail from administration. A third defendant Joan Wynn also claimed gender based discrimination, which the judge is leaving up to a jury to decide along with this.

"What's left in the case is Major Ezell's claim of comp time which the sheriff is confident that she is not entitle to as no other major is or vacation time or accumulated comp time," said Fay.  

We reached out to Major Ezell's attorney in Atlanta, but we did not get a call back. The case is expected to go to trial this fall, if both sides don't come to an agreement beforehand.

Fay says neither plaintiff has seen a change in pay, benefits or vacation time because of their change in positions.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops. More information on this case can be found here.

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