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Lawsuit dropped in Patrick
Morris cites health issues
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Judge David V. Williams ordered Wednesday that Patrick County Schools Superintendent Roger Morris’ request for non-suit in his lawsuit against Lock Boyce be granted, according to court filings.
According to online sources, a non-suit allows a plaintiff to terminate a legal action.
The order of non-suit said that Morris “represents to the court that he requests such non-suit reluctantly, but that his current medical condition is such that he cannot participate in the proper prosecution of this action, at least at this time.”
Morris filed his original lawsuit against Boyce, the chairman of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors, in October 2012 in Patrick County Circuit Court. The suit alleged defamation and that Boyce had attempted to have Morris removed as superintendent.
The lawsuit sought $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.
The decision to seek a non-suit in the case was “based upon talking with my family and talking with my physicians,” Morris said.
He has been on medical leave since August. According to previous Bulletin reports, his medical leave originally was slated to expire Oct. 14 but has been extended through March 31, 2014.
“I have good days, and some days are less good,” Morris said Wednesday of his health issues. “(It) would be up to my physicians” whether he will return to the school system in April.