The Associated Press State & Local Wire
DATELINE: PARKERSBURG W.Va.
A Parkersburg city council candidate is suing the city, the mayor and the police chief over a background check that he says was illegal.
Media outlets report that Joe Backus filed the $12 million lawsuit Monday in Wood County Circuit Court. The lawsuit says the background check violated his constitutional rights and privacy laws.
The lawsuit also claims Mayor Bob Newell defamed and libeled Backus.
Backus has been a critic of Newell and the city’s user fee.
Newell tells media outlets that background checks run on Backus and tea party member Sandy Staats were justified. He says city officials received information about potential threats based on meetings of the Parkersburg tea party.
Staats says that’s “nonsense.”
Backus has said he’s not a tea party member.
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