Former Magistrate Cochran Dismissed As Defendant In One Federal Lawsuit

Friday, August 16, 2013

Former Murray County Magistrate Bryant Cochran has been dismissed as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit brought by three women who worked in Murray County, Ga., Magistrate Court .

The women had claimed sexual harassment.

Federal Judge Harold Murphy of Rome, Ga., agreed with a magistrate's opinion that dropped Cochran from the complaint, but kept Murray County as a defendant.

Cochran is named in a second suit filed in Federal Court at Rome by a woman who authorities say had drugs planted on her car after she accused Cochran of making sexual overtures to her.

The second suit is lodged against Cochran, the Murray County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Howard Ensley and former Capt. Michael Henderson and Deputy Josh Greeson.

Virginia Rector, Yesenia Galvan and Sonya Petty are plaintiffs in the first suit.


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