|Clerk Foster Arnett Jr|
In part, Morris Kizer, who is representing the county and PBA, said Arnett not only lacks the authority to sue the county in his "official capacity" as the clerk, but that "Knox County cannot sue Knox County," according to records filed late Monday in Knox County Circuit Court.
Kizer noted that state law does not grant Arnett – if he's acting in his capacity as clerk – the "right, power or authority to retain counsel to file such a suit."
Response: Motion to Dismiss
Earlier this year, Arnett hired his own attorney, Darren Berg, to represent him in his lawsuit.
Kizer, in court documents, also noted that state law considers public building authorities, such as the one in Knox County, to be "governmental entities."
That means, according to case law, the county is essentially suing itself – something it cannot legally do, Kizer stated.
"The plaintiff has no implied power, in his official capacity as Knox County Clerk, to bring an action against an agency of Knox County. Accordingly, the action must be dismissed," Kizer wrote.
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