York County sheriff wants lawsuit about inmate death, jail firing thrown out


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ROCK HILL, South Carolina — Court records show the York County sheriff is denying claims in lawsuit filed by a former jail officer who says his free speech rights were violated after he voiced concerns about what he describes as the cover-up of an inmate's death.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports (http://bit.ly/1tBuUjS) Sheriff Bruce Bryant is seeking that the lawsuit filed by former jailer Michael Billioni be thrown out.

Billioni was fired in October 2013, days after the death of inmate Joshua Grose, who was pronounced dead about at a hospital after repeatedly hurting himself in jail.

Grose was in jail on several charges, including murder.

The lawsuit says Billioni was placed under investigation for "leaking information" after the TV station where his wife works requested a video involving Grose's treatment.

Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com

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