Former councilwoman Pam Murray is at it again, filing a new suit against a former constituent who was a member of “We the People of District 5,” a group of citizens that spearheaded her ouster from office nearly one year ago.
Filed on Wednesday in Davidson County Circuit Court, the suit claims defendant Terry Dale Vibbert falsely testified before the Tennessee Ethics Commission when he said Murray had provided insufficient disclosures regarding her job as a clinical social worker. The complaint Murray references dates back to May 2009.
Murray, who was defeated by current District 5 Councilman Jamie Hollin in a special recall election in November, had taken heat from constituents for working in Detroit while holding the East Nashville council seat.
Murray’s suit says Vibbert was “wrongfully motivated to file [the] complaint by persons associated with the unincorporated politics association ‘We The People of District 5’ to create the false impression that [Murray] had committed ethical violations prohibited by state law” in a pursuit to suggest she was unfit to hold her council seat.
According to Murray’s suit, the ethics commission held a confidential meeting in June and determined Murray had not violated state law. “The sole purpose of the complaint,” the suit says, “was to create some factual basis for fraudulent misrepresentation.”
The suit also contends that Vibbert and others in the “We The People of District 5” distributed campaign material that falsely said Murray was “under investigation about working in Detroit since 2008.”
Murray is seeking $500,000 in compensatory damages and another $500,000 in punitive damages.
In August, Murray filed suit against Hollin — though the suit spelled his name “Hollins” — and 11 other constituents, alleging they had defamed her character leading up to her defeat in the special election. Murray is seeking a total of $12 million in compensatory damages in the earlier suit.