By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo attorney Jamie Franks and Lee County education chief Mike Scott can’t seem to let their mutual disdain slip away.
It’s chiefly about Scott’s affair with Lisa Franks, a school district employee who at the time was married to Franks.
But Scott got off the first punch in late July when he sued Franks for trying to pressure him out of his elected office to avoid an alienation of affection lawsuit.
In recent weeks, Franks countersued Scott and asked the Circuit Court of Lee County to dismiss Scott’s suit.
The latest word comes Monday from Scott, who insists the Lee County Board of Education should not be a party to the lawsuit. Franks claims the board overlooked public money allegedly spent by Scott to further his relationship with Lisa Franks.
Scott says Franks can’t be too concerned about taxpayers’ money if he insists on bringing the board into a lawsuit.
Filed April 13, Franks’ countersuit also asks the court to throw out Scott’s claims against him.
Scott is running for re-election this year.
Jamie Franks claims Scott alienated his wife’s affections for him and brought about their divorce.
Scott counters that Alisa Franks’ affections for her husband were long since gone by the time they had their affair. Franks wants $500,000 for his loss.
Monday, Scott repeated his contention that his alleged abuse at Jamie Franks’ hands – which he claims include defamation, malicious interference and extortion – offsets any monetary award due to Franks.
Two settlement conferences have gone for naught.
A former state representative and Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Franks wants a jury trial.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.