A federal Civil Rights Lawsuit has been filed against District Judge Mark Johnson and Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts. Mary Wanley a former probation officer and court security officer was terminated from her job last year. Wanley claims in the lawsuit that judge Johnson wanted her fired so she could be replaced with a individual who was younger and prettier in his eyes. Wanley say the Judge made up reasons to fire her to hire the younger person to perform lap dances for him. Wanley says because of the termination she has been discriminated against on the basis of her age in violation of the age discrimination in employment act of 1967. Wanley is seeking compensation for lost pay, lost retirement, incurred medical bills as well as other damages.
In a post on Judge johnson’s Facebook page he says this is a frivolous law suit and that he has facts, evidence and documentation to prove the accusations are lies . He claims the lawsuit was filed by one of his opponents donors.
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