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Judge sets Aug. 1 trial on suit against Gordon mayor

A judge has set an Aug. 1 trial on the lawsuit aimed at removing Gordon's mayor.

That's a week later than the date that Judge Robert Reeves announced at a hearing earlier this month. His order does not explain the change.

The trial on the lawsuit against Mayor Mary Ann Whipple Lue will be a bench trial -- meaning it will be before Judge Reeve, not a jury.

His order says if the trial is not completed that day, it will continue a week later, on Aug. 8.

Reeves last week also filed an order rejecting two motions by Whipple Lue aimed at throwing out the lawsuit. At a May 8 hearing, the judge said he planned to file those orders.

Seven people have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to remove Mayor Mary Ann Whipple Lue. Among other things, they say she's held several illegal meetings, spent money without authority and illegally took keys to personnel records from the city.

Earlier this month, Reeves gave lawyers 60 days to interview witnesses and collect more evidence in the case before he heard the trial.

Whipple Lue has said she's done nothing wrong and her political opponents have no legal right to sue her.


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