The depositions had been scheduled to begin this week, but the City has refused to turn over to Franklin’s attorney several hundred emails which have been requested. The emails were exchanged between Mayor Linda Elam, City Commissioners, and then-City Attorney Paula Flowers. The City is asserting “attorney-client” privilege and refusing to turn copies of the emails over to Franklin’s attorney.
Franklin’s suit charges that his termination by acting City Manager Sheila Luckett was in retaliation for his testimony in the investigation of the ethics complaint filed by former Public Works Director Hatton Wright.
The suit seeks monetary damages from the City as well as from Luckett and Elam personally.
Franklin’s attorney, Doug Janney, said that he is unwilling to proceed with the depositions until the City supplies copies of the emails. Janney said he intends to request that the federal courts order the City to turn copies of the emails over.