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Former Rep Prepares To Sue Sheriff

Former Rep. Mark Patterson is taking the necessary steps to sue Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney following the sheriff’s decision to strip Patterson of his concealed weapons license last year. Last month, Patterson filed a Notice of Claim under the Idaho Tort Claim Act, which requires any claims against the state or its political subdivisions be made before filing a lawsuit. That gives the state and local governments time to assess their risk and possibly settle cases without a lawsuit. If no settlement is made, the person may sue. Shortly after news broke in November that the Boise GOP lawmaker had lost his license for failing to disclose his withheld judgment related to his pleading guilty to assault with intent to commit rape in 1974, Patterson told 580 KIDO radio he was preparing to sue Raney. Under pressure from the Republican Party, Patterson resigned in January/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Would you tell former Rep. Patterson to let it go, if you were a friend of his?

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