Cotton County Sheriff Contests Petition For His Removal

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Cotton County Sheriff Kent Simpson appeared in court Friday with his lawyer to formally contest a petition filed this week to remove him from his law enforcement post.

Simpson, with his legal counsel Austin Walters, and Assistant District Attorneys Taren Lord-Halverson and David Waley faced Associate District Judge Michael C. Flanagan in the Cotton County Courtroom at 10 a.m. for the suspension hearing. In less than 10 minutes the session was over.

“Actually, it’s not a hearing,” Flanagan announced, “it’s an opportunity for the defendant to state his case.”

Walters said Simpson is contesting the petition for his removal and asked for “sufficient time to file a written response” to the allegations.” Flanagan recognized his objection to the petition gave him 10 business days to file his response. No objection was made regarding Flanagan overseeing the case.


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