Haddix, Logsdon settle for a ‘sorry’

Mayor apologizes for email saying ex-mayor came to meetings ‘part drunk’

Perhaps it is appropriate that in the season of “peace on earth, good will toward men” that Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix and former Mayor Harold Logsdon have reached a settlement in their libel lawsuit over an email that Haddix sent to a city employee earlier this year.

In the end, it meant that Haddix had to “own up” to the statement and apologize in a letter to Logsdon, his fellow council members and several former council members.

Logsdon filed the civil complaint May 19 over an email that Haddix had composed to a city employee, which claimed that Logsdon “drank a lot and came to meetings part drunk.”

“I apologize for writing that statement,” Haddix wrote in the Dec. 15 letter. “I accept Mr. Logsdon’s statement that he was neither ‘part drunk’ at council meetings, nor was he under the influence of alcohol. Perhaps I was mistaken.”

The Feb. 22 email in question was sent to former Economic Development Director Joey Grisham as part of an exchange about potential changes to the city’s alcohol serving hours.

Logsdon said the settlement of the suit was a result of the case going to mediation, and he felt it was time to move on.

Logsdon declined to comment if he was satisfied by the result, citing a confidentiality agreement that he signed as part of the settlement.

Haddix’s attorney, John Mrosek, confirmed that the apology letter was a part of the settlement, and that Logsdon is expected to formally dismiss the lawsuit within 10 days.

Logsdon’s lawsuit claimed that Haddix was essentially accusing Logsdon of committing the offense of public drunkenness by claiming he was “part drunk” at council meetings.

For a while, Haddix appeared dead-set against admitting he was wrong as he stood by his words. In July, Haddix asserted that his defense in the case was that his statements were true.

In a press release that month, Haddix wrote: “Do I regret including the statement? Yes. Was it inaccurate? No.”

In June, Haddix authored a letter of apology but failed to retract the statement; in fact, to some degree he defended the allegation, citing the circumstances under which it was made.

But in the latest letter, Haddix admits that he might have been wrong in his judgment.

The Dec. 15 apology letter was sent to all current city council members as well as Grisham and former city council members Cyndi Plunkett and Steve Boone, in addition to Logsdon.

Haddix served as a city councilman with Logsdon for the final two years of Logsdon’s mayoral term. Logsdon declined to run for re-election and instead qualified to run for state insurance commissioner. Logsdon later bowed out of that race for health reasons.

Logsdon was represented in the case by former Peachtree City Attorney Rick Lindsey, who is now in private practice.

carbonunit52
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Since I happen to like

both of these citizens, I am glad no more blood will be let over this. I also have a personal history of the life situations that they have been accused of and criticized for so my license to throw stones in this situation is expired.

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I sometimes feel

I sometimes feel the need for a drink AFTER going to the council meetings. Might be more fun if I was drunk going into them too, lol

Robert W. Morgan
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It is absolutely crucial that you drink before

council meetings. The need to drink when sparked by tension or frustration (or anything else) is the first step to alcoholism. Much better to drink prior to a stressful event then the body doesn't expect alcohol as a remedy for stress. Preventative medication.

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What's Next Mayor?

I'm simply glad to have this embarrassing blight upon our town behind us. Now maybe if the two parties can settle the undisclosed portions of the settlement within the 10 days specified, we can move on.

My bet is that the next two years will be more of the same.

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I'd rather believe he was half-drunk than...

...that he really did speak/act like I witnessed him doing. Slurring words and not being able to read a written statement without stumbling multiple times? If he wasn't drunk, how did he get to where he was with such poor public speaking skills?

I admit I only saw this a few times, but those were the ONLY times that I ever saw him.

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"Perhaps" mistaken and "might" have been wrong
Quote:

“I apologize for writing that statement,” Haddix wrote in the Dec. 15 letter. “I accept Mr. Logsdon’s statement that he was neither ‘part drunk’ at council meetings, nor was he under the influence of alcohol. Perhaps I was mistaken.”

But in the latest letter, Haddix admits that he might have been wrong in his judgment.

Wow, some apology. But perhaps I may be mistaken or maybe wrong in my judgement.

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Drunk vs. stupid

Being drunk or part-drunk is a condition that goes away in a few hours when one sobers up, but being stupid is something that person is 24/7. Looks like a big non-apology to me.

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Logsdon lost his guts

Nah, sounds like Logsdon and his lawyer chickened out, surrendering a short six months after filing. "Never sue someone for libel for they're liable to prove it true." Harold was afraid of having to give his own deposition. Both are dumb though.

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No, it went to mediation

which means no depositions, no jury, no judge, no testimony in open court. And no way to humiliate Haddix. Pretty much nothing at all. I am sure Logsdon also determined that Haddix had insufficient funds to pay any financial settlement, so dropping it now stops his own legal bills. You can't garnish someone's social security check and a lien on a house that isn't going to be sold is pretty worthless. Besides, most mediators just cut the baby in half and that's what this is looking like.

Don't matter. As Mike King said above - there is bound to be something else like this popping up before Haddix gets out of office. Let's just hope the taxpayers won't be on the hook.

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