Judge denies injunction request by Folly's ex-mayor pro tem
By Nikki Gaskinsngaskins@abcnews4.com
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV -- Folly Beach's move to oust its mayor pro tem stands after a judge denied an injunction request by councilman Eddie Ellis on Friday.
"I understand why he made his decision," Ellis said.
But , the councilman said he doesn't exactly agree with it.
"I believe that my attorney, Thomas Goldstein, might be filing a motion to reconsider this," he said.
If a judge had ruled in Ellis' favor, it would have given him a chance to keep his title as next in command to the mayor and avoid censure until a proper hearing.
"The main gist of it was, he (the judge) could file an injunction, have me go back and go through due process and a hearing, which I can present evidence, cross examine witnesses. However, it would have resulted in the same outcome," said Ellis.
In signed affidavits, several council members said Ellis displayed inappropriate behavior, ranging from reported verbal assaults, ugly phone calls and nasty confrontations.
"I can't get into the details, but a lot of them are just untrue," he said.
Ellis said he's still moving forward with a civil lawsuit.
"The lawsuit addresses the four complaints they violated: the Freedom of Information Act and my due process," he said. "They also used the law fraudulently and they violated my constitutional right of Freedom of Speech."
While he feels he was really ousted for being outspoken, Ellis said that's not about to change.
"Maybe it wasn't in City Council's best interest to censure me," Ellis said. "Now that I'm censured--I have no fear of speaking out against the majority."
Folly Beach's mayor, Tim Goodwin, is not commenting on the lawsuit. The city's attorney, Sandy Senn, has said from the very beginning that the affidavits speak for themselves.