American Legion Commander Sues Members, Charges Slander, Libel
The commander of American Legion Post 61 in Watertown has filed a $250,000 lawsuit against 14 people, accusing them of slander and libel.
The lawsuit, brought by Stephen Plumb, was filed in late March.
It names James Marshall, Christy Chiumento, Wayne Scott, Philip Gary and 10 people identified as "John Doe" numbers 1-10.
Neither Plumb nor the people named in the legal papers could be reached for comment Monday.
Plumb claims a February vote to oust him as commander was illegal and that the people he's suing "knowingly, wrongfully, intentionally and maliciously...persuaded the members of the Legion to take various proper and improper acts..."
Plumb claims he was accused of negligence, poor conduct and dishonesty.
The reaction of Legion members?
On Monday, member Bob Woodward told 7 News "I think it's a lot of bullheadedness, and I think it's just foolish."
"I don't think members should turn against members," he said.
Despite the vote to oust him, it appeared Monday that Plumb still held the title of commander.
The situation has attracted the attention of higher ups in the American Legion as well.
"I think it can be worked out if all sensible minds sit down and discuss it in a logical manner," said Bob Morrill, finance director for the American Legion Department of New York.
Monday, March 10, 2014, Watertown, NY
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