Colleyville, Texas January 9, 2019
Editorial by LNO Editor Nelson Thibodeaux
In another confirming revelation of why Mike Taylor should have never even been considered by the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce with the dubious award of Citizen of the Year in 2018,
The case of Colleyville’s Mayor Pro Tem, Bobby Lindamood, legal defamation claims against Taylor, over the personal attack piece against Lindamood in their 2015 City Council race has reached a new chapter.
Initially a Fort Worth Court had dismissed the case citing First Amendment rights and the confusing Texas “Anti-Slapp” law. However, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals has ordered Lindamood’s claims against Taylor to be returned to the District Court for trial.
One is encouraged to read the court’s entire opinion, below is the Editor’s synopsis of the opinion.
A.) Initially the Lawsuit, besides Mike Taylor ,also included Jan Mogged, as well as Jim Fletcher, both who were actively campaigning on behalf of Taylor and apparently both aware of the vicious mailer that was authored and distributed by Mike Taylor as his “Surprise Attack Campaign Piece,” just before the election. Fletcher claimed to have no part in the authoring of the at scurrilous Taylor mailer, but did provide his opinion to the legitimacy is the Taylor accusations against Lindamood.
B.) Although Jan Mogged and Jim Fletcher both appeared to have full knowledge of the content of the mailer; the court allowed their dismissal stand because, “there was not evidence that proved they were involved in the “authorship” of the Taylor masterpiece”; although there is little doubt both had prior knowledge, see above link.
C.) Taylor had been supplied a transcript from a deposition of Lindamood in a business dispute with his mother by his mother’s attorney. Taylor proceeded to under specific comments he deemed would be damaging to the Lindamood campaign and further, included his own conclusions of facts is typed excerpts on the document.
In the spirit of full disclosure of Mike Taylor, when I first was elected to City Council we were allies. However, Taylor later ran in a 3 person race for Mayor against Joe Hocutt and current Mayor Richard Newton in the early 2000 period. Taylor went down in flames but his entrance into the race…created enough confusion that Newton lost the race in a runoff;
Below are is a link of historical LNO reports on Taylor and his more than a decade of political actions. While the decision of what and if Lindamood extracts actual payment from Taylor is up to a Ft. Worth Court. In the meanwhile a little history of Taylor’s Colleyville political rumblings are below: