- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A mistrial has been declared in a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the state treasurer’s office against the treasurer and his chief of staff.

KATV reports (https://bit.ly/2aRBuwp ) that U.S. District Judge Brian Miller declared the mistrial Friday in David Singer’s lawsuit against Treasurer Dennis Milligan and chief of staff Jim Harris.

Harris was facing a defamation claim while Milligan was accused of violating the American with Disabilities Act.

The ruling comes a day after Harris complained of chest pains and was taken from the courtroom by paramedics.

Singer’s lawyers sought the mistrial, saying the scene might cause jurors to have sympathy toward him.

Singer’s lawsuit alleged an email by Harris and released to the media after Singer’s firing was defamatory because it described him as mentally unstable.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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