Attorneys Barred From Shoffner Comparison In Treasurer Suit

Aug 8, 2016

File photo of Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan from April, 2015.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorneys for a former Arkansas treasurer's office employee suing the treasurer's chief of staff on allegations of defamation will be limited on what they can introduce at trial.

A federal judge has ranted motions by the attorney representing chief of staff Jim Harris barring comparisons of Treasurer Dennis Milligan's integrity to that of former treasurer Martha Shoffner, who is in prison after being convicted of bribery and extortion.

Attorneys are also banned from describing the incident that led to the defamation claims as "disgusting."

The jury trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

Former employee David Singer filed the defamation lawsuit against Harris and Milligan last year, alleging that an email released to reporters after his firing was defamatory.

The email written by Harris described Singer's mental state as unstable.