Lockhart, in a federal lawsuit against Franklin and some of her deputies, claims Franklin’s investigation and her termination of Bradley are an effort to shut down the blog. Franklin denies it, but Lockhart isn’t the only one wondering. The sheriff’s constituents are understandably puzzled that she and her deputies are taking the lead in an investigation that looks vindictive, even if it’s not.
Franklin has plenty of supporters, and she seems to have handled her duties as sheriff well. She has some explaining to do, however, if she is to maintain the respect of her constituents.