Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson announced today that he is bringing a civil action against Sheriff Ana Franklin in her official and personal capacity. There are two purposes to the suit: 1) preserve the money used to feed inmates and 2) recoup any funds that may have been misspent.
Normally a district attorney is limited to criminal issues. However, a little-used section of the code (6-5-4) allows a DA to initiate a civil action but the DA must first obtain the approval of the governor. Anderson said that he received a letter from Governor Ivy this week approving the suit.
Judge Thompson has issued a temporary restraining order freezing the funds, thought to be approximately $50,000, in Traditions.
Here's the link to the Daily article by Eric Fleishhauer