OS Mayor: Mississippi Rising should pay city’s legal bills

OS Mayor: Mississippi Rising should pay city’s legal bills
Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson says Mississippi Rising should pay the city back for the state flag lawsuit. (Photo Source: WLOX)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson he wants the Mississippi Rising Coalition to reimburse the city for fighting a lawsuit over the state flag.

Friday morning in a special meeting, Dobson will ask alderman to help him do that.

Dobson told WLOX News Now it's unfair to have Ocean Springs citizens pay to fight a lawsuit that should never have been filed. "They knowingly filed a frivolous lawsuit solely for a publicity stunt and bullied the city into fighting it, so we want that money back," he stated.

Dobson will ask alderman to approve filing a claim with the court to order Mississippi Rising to pay the city's legal bills related to the lawsuit. "I will not be bullied I will stand up to an extremist group and not let the citizens be bullied into paying for it," Dobson said.

On Tuesday, a federal judge threw out the lawsuit. Mississippi Rising sued in April alleging that by flying the Mississippi state flag with the Confederate emblem, Ocean Springs discriminates against citizens and violates the Fair Housing Act.

In his ruling to dismiss the claim, U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. wrote "In the opinion of the Court, plaintiffs' allegations do not support a finding that they are "aggrieved persons" under the provisions of the FHA. Thus, they do not have standing to bring a claim. He said there was no basis for a claim under the federal housing act.

The special called meeting of the Ocean Springs Board of Alderman is Friday at 8:00 a.m. at city hall.

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