Pam Murray sues another former Metro Council constituent

Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 2:12pm

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.

10 Comments on this post:

By: Dwilso31 on 9/23/10 at 2:40

Why does this person just not go away?

By: richgoose on 9/23/10 at 4:07

From reading articles over the past two years about Pam Murray and what she stands for,I would nominate this person as the most evil ever to hold office in nashville, tennessee.

I am sometimes in awe of the things she alledgedly has done. It is almost beyond comprehension.

By: may not on 9/23/10 at 4:48

The thing is, this bottom-feeder forces the targets of her nuisance suits to have to hire attorneys and set aside their good work to fend off a mere pest. The fact that bitter losers like Murray even have access to the courts is reason enough for tort reform.

By: Former MAC employee on 9/23/10 at 5:17

You may call her all kinds of names, but she's the only person that every stood up for the MAC employees. She helped get an employee survey done. Of course, the ED of MAC twisted the results to fit her agenda. I've been gone for a few years now. I still talk to several of the employees, and nothing has changed with the way they are treated.

By: gar352 on 9/24/10 at 7:19

This woman is just a ****! She needs to just go lay down somewhere and shut the **** up. She thinks she is so damn special and that everyone should bow down and kiss her privileged ass. I met her when she was running for office and immediately got a bad vibe. I could see the evil radiating around her. Honestly, if Satan was running for office, I would vote for him over her. You ain't all that Miss Thang. Go back to Detroit. Maybe they will want you there. Voters have spoken and we don't want you.

By: budlight on 9/24/10 at 7:54

Pam's just trying to get her retirement fund set up. people have lied about me; I want my money. People have lied about just about everyone on the planet.

Former MAC employee, she tried to help to get your vote, but her "trying" must not have paid off. One can try, or they can "DO". She is not a Do'er as you clearly state.

By: jstern on 9/24/10 at 8:59

These lawsuits may be classifiable as "Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation," more often known by the acronym SLAPP.

If these defendents can get Ms Murray's litigation certified as a SLAPP then she could be liable for 3 times the amount of expense and damages that she may be causing here past constituents. That can add up to some real money, real fast!

By: Former MAC employee on 9/24/10 at 2:49

She may have been trying to get my vote. The sad thing is there's no one that can make a difference for that organization. The ED has the Board and Mayor in her hip pocket. No one will ever make a difference. It's sad too. MAC is such a wonderful organization and does such good work.

By: rbull on 9/24/10 at 5:32

Why doesn't this ignorant lady give up and realize that she got her ass beat fair and square and nobody wants her to be their Council person. She is nothing but trouble and did a piss poor job while in office, however she was seldom there to represent the people of the District. People should just ignore her ass and go on with their business because she sure as hell can't help anybody.

By: lawyer006038 on 9/25/10 at 10:44

How foolish this one is. We do not need tort reform to handle this case. The statute of limitations for libel and slander is 6 months. Also, making a charge of ethical misconduct is privileged by law. Tennessee already has a frivolous lawsuit law that the man can use after this case is dismissed to recover legal expenses. This man needs to talk to a lawyer, something Ms. Murray obviously did not do.