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Darr talks after jury verdict

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Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr is speaking out after a jury found that he did discriminate against two women who were trying to get a promotion. However, the jury did not award any damages to the plaintiffs. News Three sat down with the Sheriff late Thursday afternoon and said Sheriff Darr is relieved that the case is finally over and considers it a win.

Both sides are actually saying the case was a win. Sheriff Darr said the fact that no monetary award was given speaks volumes and Lt. Donna Tompkins, one of the women who filed the lawsuit, said they did what they thought was right and the jury agreed.

Sheriff Darr made his first comments on his facebook page saying gender is not and never will be a factor in hiring. When he spoke to News Three he said that he felt the support of the community after the verdict.

Here are a couple of things Sheriff Darr had to say after the verdict.

"I think if you actually sat in that courtroom and you actually listened to the testimony of everybody that was up there for our side. I think you would've came away saying I know he did not do this," said Sheriff Darr.

He also talks about the hiring process.

"I went into that process getting input from people within the sheriff's office to promote the best person for the job. That was the consensus of the group. I went along with the recommendation of that group and I'm not going to apologize for that," said Sheriff Darr.

One of the jurors said the verdict was a compromise for the 7 men and 5 women on the jury.

 

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