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Lawsuit over city council President dismissed by judge

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Judge Robert Smith has dismissed a lawsuit Monday Morning brought against the Mobile City Council by a local business owner over not electing a President of the City Council.

The suit brought by Chassity Ebbole, a local tattoo studio owner, alleged that council violated longstanding procedures of using a simple majority to elect the president. Ebbole stated in her suit "The City Council is now seeking to arbitrarily and capriciously deviate from the past custom and practice of election procedures used to elect past council presidents."

Fred Richardson did not receive a super-majority in the only vote held on the matter and the council has been operating for months with Council Vice President Levon Manzie acting in the role of President.

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