JJ is very suspect of so-called bombshells that suddenly appear right before a big election. It is no secret Kimberly Bracey is suing Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber for sexual harassment. JJ broke the original story about the lawsuit last year. Speculation ran rampant during the last few weeks that something would be filed right before the election and guess what? Something was. JJ was not going to report this new development in the lawsuit until May 3. However, the news media is covering it and the Mayor issued a statement so here is the coverage.
Ms. Bracey is the former executive assistant of Mayor Yarber. She filed a motion to compel last week. Ms. Bracey asked the court to order the Mayor to submit a DNA sample to a local laboratory. Her motion to compel also asked for other documents such as cellphone records. The plaintiff claims Mayor Yarber did not respond to these requests. Her attorney, Nick Norris, made these charges in his affidavit attached to the motion (p.9 posted below).
Right before an election. It is a rather sensational claim and one guaranteed to be covered by the media. This is the kind of bomb opponents fantasize about during an election. The Mayor is screwed either way. If he doesn't answer, he is hiding something. If the samples match, he is toast. If it doesn't match, it doesn't matter because the election is over anyway. Mayor Yarber did issue a statement this afternoon:
Mayor Yarber was responsible for responding to a set of interrogatories in conjunction with the Bracey case. Although delayed, Mayor Yarber’s responses have been submitted. Included in this were requests that ranged from submission of cell phone records to insurance policies and other documents. Also, a request for a DNA sample was made; but contingent upon a mutual agreement between both parties for a specific date and time. That time has not yet been agreed upon.
Now back to your regularly scheduled shower.Mayor Yarber has and will continue to cooperate in an effort to prove that Mrs. Bracey’s constitutional nor civil rights were violated. “It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that as our campaign builds momentum and gains more support that political gamesmanship would rear its ugly, divisive head. This less than two weeks before Jackson voters go to the polls. Although the timing is unfortunate and highly questionable, I am confident that Jackson won’t be distracted by the same petty political games we saw in the recent presidential election.”