(La Porte County, IN) - La Porte County attorney Shaw Friedman has filed a lawsuit against an elected official.
Friedman is claiming defamation of character against La Porte County Auditor Tim Stabosz.
In recent weeks, Stabosz has claimed Friedman uses people in county government to basically run the county and “feather his own nest.”
He also alleged commissioners Rich Mrozinski and Sheila Matias have “showed themselves to be little more than ‘bagmen’ for Friedman.
In his lawsuit, Friedman says Stabosz damaged his reputation with his false and malicious
statements and his claims have undermined the confidence of residents in their local government.
The lawsuit states the false and defamatory statements "alleging illegal activities and professional misconduct constitute defamation" under Indiana law.
Further publicity to the false claims were given by Stabosz in his postings on his Stabosz for County Auditor Facebook page.
The lawsuit also claims Stabosz was asked to retract his false and defamatory statements and apologize but he refused.
Friedman is seeking undisclosed punitive damages against Stabosz,. who was elected county auditor in November.
Stabosz is a former two term member of the La Porte City Council.
During Wednesday night’s La Porte County Commissioners’ meeting, Stabosz alleged Friedman being active in his expressions during public meetings could give the impression that he has influence over decisions and requested Friedman be mandated to speak only when requested and when he has legal advice to offer.