Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Countersuit and Legislative Retaliation Added to Mississippi Valley's Problems

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Countersuit and Legislative Retaliation Added to Mississippi Valley's Problems

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GREENWOOD, Miss. -- A Greenwood attorney who was sued this summer by a fired college administrator and unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor has filed a countersuit.

And, a state lawmaker says his voting record next year will reflect his distress with Mississippi Valley State University over the plight of Troy Brown, the administrator who claims he was fired because he ran for public office.

A. Lee Abraham Jr. says he has no idea why Brown lost his job as dean of students at Mississippi Valley State University. Brown wants his job back and claims he was fired because he would not end his Democratic candidacy and support Amy Tuck, a candidate supported by Abraham.

Abraham's suit, filed in Leflore County Circuit Court, accuses Brown of making false and defamatory statements about Abraham. It also contends Brown had the "ulterior purpose of obtaining press coverage for his political campaign and thus more votes in the primary election."

Brown finished third in the Aug. 3 Democratic primary won by Tuck, a former senator.

"I think it [Abraham's lawsuit] is a frivolous and desperate measure to divert attention from the real truth in this case," says Brown's attorney, John M. …

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