Wilmer mayor’s husband found not guilty by jury
By 07/24/2003 00:00:00
Video tape shows profanity not used against councilwoman
The Ellis County Press
WILMER - A Wilmer Municipal Court jury on July 16 found the mayor's husband, Jim Root, not guilty of a charge of disorderly conduct in the alleged verbal attack of a Wilmer City Council member last November.
Root was accused by City Councilwoman Tiny Lange of calling her 'a stupid b-----, during the meeting.
Mayor Linda Root did eject her husband out of the meeting and threatened others about the outbursts, but has maintained he never used profanity toward Lange.
Jim Root's attorney, Frank Hernandez, showed jurors a videotape from the meeting to let them see what had happened during the meeting.
'If you listen to the recording it says stupid woman,' said
Wilmer Mayor Pro-Tem Tiny Lange said she did not like the six-member jury's decision.
'The jurors said they did not hear it on the tape,' Lange said. 'But that's why we have a judicial system.'
According to Lange no other Dallas county judge wanted to hear the case due to the media publicity of Wilmer Mayor Linda Root.
The defendant called the lawsuit and charges 'frivolous' and was glad the first amendment to freedom of speech still applies.
'It restores my faith in human nature that there are some honest people out there,' Root said.
Previous The Ellis County Press news reports stated Root called Wilmer Mayor Pro-Tem Tiny Lange a 'stupid woman' during the meeting.