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Attorneys For Jackie Wagstaff, School Board Reach Agreement

Posted March 17, 2003

— Monday was an important day on two fronts for Durham school board member Jackie Wagstaff.

Members of the Durham school board met in a closed session Monday morning to discuss Wagstaff's lawsuit. Wagstaff claims the board does not have the right to remove her for her admission of falsifying city checks because the incidents happened before she became a member. Wagstaff also claims the board is biased against her.

In court Monday, lawyers for both Wagstaff and the school board came to an agreement. Wagstaff dropped the reference of bias from her lawsuit and the school board agreed to accept a judge's decision in the matter and will not appeal.

"It basically santinizes it and gets down to the crux of what we have been saying all along, the mere fact that her conduct occurred prior to her being on the school board," said James "Butch" Williams, Wagstaff's attorney.

However, Wagstaff's legal issues are not over. Ben Naderi, Wagstaff's landlord, went before a magistrate Monday to try to have her evicted because she has not paid rent. The magistrate approved Naderi's request.

Wagstaff, who did not appear for the eviction hearing, will have 10 days to appeal the ruling. Naderi said even if Wagstaff pays the back rent, he still plans to try to evict her.

Another court date is set for Friday where a judge will rule whether there is sufficient evidence to allow the school board to remove Wagstaff.

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