A U.S. district judge in Tyler has dismissed a federal lawsuit filed by a Palestine resident against Anderson County which had alleged commissioners’ court bias in decisions relating to Precinct 2.

On Jan. 26, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider signed an order granting the defendant’s motion that the lawsuit filed by Jacques Bell against Anderson County be dismissed without prejudice.

“I just think it was another frivolous lawsuit,” Anderson County Judge Carey McKinney said Monday.

The county’s redrawing of precinct lines several years ago was addressed in Bell’s lawsuit.

“All that was completed in 2001 after the census,” said McKinney, adding that the maps were approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Bell, who has worked for the Anderson County precinct 2 road and bridge department, filed the lawsuit “pro se” last September, alleging that Precinct 2 Commissioner Darrell Emanuel “has been stripped of his authority to adequately represent the constituents for Precinct 2.”

The lawsuit also raised multiple other issues, including:

l The commissioners’ court selectively complies with some statutes and ignores others.

l Budgetary decisions are consistently unfavorable to precinct 2 residents.

l Budgeted positions in the precinct 2 road and bridge department have remained unfilled despite vacancies.

l and Emanuel has not been appointed to any board or committee despite having superior qualifications than other appointees.

Emanuel’s four-year term expires Dec. 31, but the commissioner has indicated he plans to run for county judge as an independent candidate.

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