INGLEWOOD – Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. is scheduled to be deposed next week in an ongoing lawsuit between him, and his former aide Melanie McDade. Attorney’s have him scheduled for Wednesday AND Thursday.
Before he sits for the highly anticipated questioning, he returned to the council dais this week to tend to City business, which included sanctioning the treasurer for attorney fees.
“By law the City, if we seek them, can receive sanctions for those pleadings, is that true Mr. City Attorney,” asked Butts?
City Attorney Ken Campos affirmed that is correct.
Campos reported the council sought to make two motions, related to Brown’s lawsuit, which was on the agenda under closed session.
The first motion was to appeal the decision to leave two remaining parts included in Brown’s lawsuit, the second was a motion by Butts to have the fees paid back to the City, with Padilla seconding. The motion passed 4-0. The council also passed a motion to appeal two counts that remain in Brown’s lawsuit.
The council voted 4-0 to recover attorney fees and costs from Treasurer Wanda Brown as it related to the motions that were removed.
Councilman Eloy Morales was not present for either closed session or remainder of the meeting.
Butts made no public comment about Brown amending her lawsuit to include allegations of misuse of public funds.
The city council didn’t seek a recovery of attorney fees, and costs when several counts of Melanie McDade’s lawsuit where successfully challenged by the City.
The council hasn’t sought to have Butts reimburse the City for lawsuits stemming from his auto accident, or his personal involvement with McDade during business hours.
Both Brown and McDade allege misuse of taxpayer funds is occuring inside One West Manchester Blvd.
Will the City settle these lawsuits before either woman has an opportunity to present their case to a jury?
The mayor provided this response to questions about sanctions filed against the treasurer.
Because the Treasurer sued the City Council in its deliberative legislative capacity. Anti-SLAPP laws mandate financial recovery for those types of lawsuits. McDade’s was not such a lawsuit.James Butts, mayor