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Evans Issues Restraining Order on Election Results

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After a late-afternoon hearing Wednesday, Chancellor Walter Evans issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Shelby County Election Commission and “its agents, employees, directors and attorneys” from “destroying, changing…modifying [or] moving” any documents, data cards, voter rolls or other relevant records, computerized or otherwise, used in connection with the recent general election. Jay Bailey, one of two lawyers for four Democrats appealing the election results, said Evans also ordered that plaintiffs refer the matter to Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder for the appointment of a special chancellor to hear the now consolidated case.

Bailey represents Otis Jackson and Vernon Johnson, candidates for Shelby County clerk and Criminal Court clerk, respectively, while Mark Allen is attorney for two other plaintiffs, Juvenile Court clerk candidate Shep Wilbun and Sondra Becton, who ran for Probate Court clerk. The Election Commission this week certified the victory of Debbie Stamson and Bill Key over Jackson and Johnson, as well as that of Steve Stamson and Chris Thomas over Wilbun and Becton. The certified winners are Republicans, and all are incumbents except for Debbie Stamson.

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