Defendants in each of the suits include Deputy Adam Hadder, Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey, the Walker County Commission and Bruce Hamrick, the commission’s chairman.
On Tuesday, Jasper attorney Byron McMath filed an action against the defendants for D’Arvy Shawn Franks, who alleged Hadder verbally abused and threatened him before arresting and booking him for crimes that he says he did not participate in or have any knowledge about.
A day later, Jasper attorneys Thomas Carmichael and Nicholas Sparks filed a complaint against the defendants on behalf of Kathy Sanford. Sanford claims that she had gone to a Curry High School football game in October 2011 to take pictures of a student who was playing his last game for the school.
While taking pictures she said she was ordered off the sidelines by Hadder. The complaint alleges that a friend of Sanford’s asked Hadder why she couldn’t take pictures at the game and Hadder informed her that she could take photographs, but not on the field.
According to the complaint, Sanford was taking photos a short time later from the stands and was ordered by Hadder to leave the stadium. Sanford says in her complaint that she left the stadium voluntarily and Hadder followed her outside the gates, where he threw her on the ground, physically restrained her, handcuffed her, arrested her for “criminal trespass” and had her transported to jail.
Sparks represented Sanford in district court where she was found “not guilty.”
“Nick did a great job of achieving the proper result in district court, with Ms. Sanford being found ‘not guilty,’” Carmichael said. “I have confidence in us working together in this case and achieving the proper result here as well.”
Carmichael previously filed a case against the same defendants on behalf of Gerald Garrison, a process server who was allegedly arrested by Hadder for attempting to serve him with a subpoena.
Hadder is currently suspended with pay from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, awaiting an administrative hearing that is expected to take place this week.