Shaw Friedman and Timothy Stabosz

LaPorte County Commissioners' Attorney Shaw Friedman, left, and LaPorte County Auditor Timothy Stabosz. The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 Friedman's claim that Stabosz unlawfully defamed him can proceed to trial.

A lawsuit alleging that the LaPorte County auditor unlawfully maligned the character and reputation of the attorney for the LaPorte County Board of Commissioners can proceed to trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.

According to court records, Republican Auditor Timothy Stabosz repeatedly emailed and published to county officials, news outlets and the public a variety of claims in early 2021 that Shaw Friedman committed illegal or unethical acts in the hope of preventing the commissioners from hiring Friedman as their legal counsel.

“Wow, man. What a scene. You can’t make up what we see out here on any given day,” Hobart patrol officer Tommie Tatum said.

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