Mayor Arnell Willis and City Treasurer Patrick Roberson, through counsel, City Attorney Chalk Mitchell, have answered the charges leveled by Rev. Cedric Pride and others. The answer of by the mayor and treasurer is, in simple terms, "Mr. Pride you are right about all that you have said in your lawsuit." (Emphasis Added).
Let us quote the statement from the answer admitting the allegations brought in the lawsuit (also called a complaint). Paragraph one of the answer reads as follows: "The Defendants (Arnell Willis and Patrick Roberson) admit the averments (statements) contained in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 of the Complaint (lawsuit) for Declaratory Judgment filed herein by the Plaintiffs." (Emphasis Added). See Answer Admitting Everything. There is no paragraph 11 in the complaint and the answer admits all of the paragraphs of the complaint. See Rev. Cedric Pride Lawsuit.
Call upon your own life experiences. It is not often that this kind of marriage of oil and water occurs. Both suing sides are requesting the same thing. What, then, is left for a judge to decide?
Usually, lawsuits are adversarial. Lady gets rear-ended and sues the guy who rear-ended her. Patient has a botched surgery and sues the doctor for leaving a sponge inside. Pet owner takes a pet to the veterinarian and after 120 days fails to pay the bill. Vet sues for failure to pay. In our justice system, these parties need a mediator, arbitrator or judge to decide the issues for them.
This lawsuit between Pride and Willis does not have those trappings. As of this publication, no court date has been set by Judge Ben Story.
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