Commissioners handed petition to settle lawsuit

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on September 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 1:17 PM

GEORGETOWN, Texas -- A petition against the Williamson County Commissioners Court is growing. The group wants the court to settle a discrimination lawsuit.

A large group gathered at the commissioners court meeting on Tuesday and signed up to speak during citizens communication. Some held signs saying ‘Respect the Constitution.’

The Texas Civil Rights Project filed a suit against the county claiming candidates for the constables office in Williamson County were asked about their sexual orientation, religious beliefs and political affiliations. The TCRP says the court violated the U.S. and Texas Constitutions by asking such questions. In response to the lawsuit, the county hired a law firm as representation.

“The county is not going to win this and I live in Williamson County. This is my taxpayer money. I am sick and tired of the county commissioners being sued left and right and we as taxpayers having to foot their bill. It's nonsense,” said Jose Orta. “Admit that you made an [error] in judgment.”

The group presented a petition to the court on Tuesday. It went online less than a week ago. About 200 people have since signed it, urging the court to settle the lawsuit.

Commissioners declined to comment on Tuesday. The Judge said since the arguments were made during the citizen communication period, they aren't authorized to take any action at this time.

 

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