Suit Seeks Damages for Alleged Court Incident

A lawsuit filed in federal court is seeking $250,000 from Cocke County in connection with an alleged incident in its General Session Court last year. In the lawsuit, Christi Williford, the mother of a then-14-year-old son, claims a deputy serving as court bailiff struck her son. According to the suit, the boy was in court on a charge of underage consumption of alcohol and reportedly refused to answer Judge John Bell’s demands that he disclose how he obtained the alcohol. Williford is being represented by Robert Arrington. The deputy in question has been identified as Jim Huskey.