State Attorney Sexual Harassment Case Status

Federal Judge Richard Smoak has disqualified himself, and will not preside over the sexual harassment lawsuits filed against the State Attorney's office.

Brenda Keys and two other State Attorney employees filed the lawsuits, claiming former State Attorney Steve Meadows sexually harassed them and created a hostile work environment.

During a status conference Thursday the women's attorneys expressed concern that judge Smoak's late wife, Pam Smoak, was a longtime prosecutor in the State Attorneys office.

Pam Smoak was also Meadows' supervisor for several years.

Although Judge Smoak reassured the parties he had minimal contact with personnel from the State Attorneys office, he removed himself from the case.

Federal Judge Casey Rodgers of Pensacola will now preside. She'll schedule mediation to see if the two sides can settle the cases without going to trial.

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  • by George Location: Panama City on May 24, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Scheduling mediation on a sexual harassment charge within the District Attorneys office is the same as saying it's o.k. to harass while being the DA..all that will happen is you will have to sit down and "work it out". If he harassed these women, then charge him as you would anyone else-or does he have "special" rights?
  • by nurse Location: here on May 23, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    I still say this is personal, not State Attorney related to the point Steve Meadows can't be personally charged. Of, the DA's office can't be sued for work things but these sex charges were committed for pure pleasure of Meadows and the women he harassed should get the pleasure of harassing him back in court. Not the current DA's office, Glen Hess didn't sexually harass them.
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