Court rules for housing authority

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld Marshall County Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell's dismissal of complaints by former Lewisburg Public Housing Authority Executive Director Jerry Freeman, who claims he blew the whistle on unethical contracting at the public housing project and it cost him his job.

"Where I'm headed now is the Justice Department, because we feel like the there's a conspiracy to defraud the federal government," Freeman said Wednesday after reviewing the Appeals Court ruling filed Feb. 8, which concludes Freeman failed to establish an essential element to claim his discharge was retaliation against him.

Freeman claims to have documents that show doors and windows obtained to refurbish public housing units were purchased from a vendor selected by a member of the housing authority, and that a son of an authority commissioner worked for a contractor hired to do the work. A Housing and Urban Development Department official has written that the complaints are unsubstantiated.

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