Second lawsuit in last four days filed in St. Joseph County Prosecutor race

Instead of attack ads, it seems the next move with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor race is to serve a lawsuit.

The second lawsuit in the past four days was filed Monday in this campaign.

The ad keeps on running and when it comes to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor race the lawsuits seem to keep coming too.

Republican candidate for St. Joseph County prosecutor, Greg Kauffman stated, “He's attacked me saying he's going to come after me monetarily so I have to do this.”

What started as a defamatory lawsuit filed by Michael Dvorak over the ad is now being countered by his opponent Greg Kauffman.

Kauffman says Dvorak abused the legal process with the first lawsuit.

Kauffman said, “Anyone who has to speak out against an elected official shouldn't have to fear that he is going to sue you for defamation.”

The ad claims Dvorak breaks a nepotism law by hiring his wife.

Regarding the matter, St. Joseph County prosecutor Michael Dvorak(D) said, “He's dead wrong and he knows it. He lied in the ads and the judge agreed in the hearing on Saturday”

In response, Kauffman stated, “All we say is it contradicts state law. He hired his wife; True. He pays her $73,000 or $75,000 a year; that’s a truth.”

The law only prohibits ‘State’ officials from hiring family members.

Saturday, a judge said the ads could still run even if they were not true based on political free speech.

Dvorak added, “I called him out on it we are sick and tired of all the lies in campaign ads today and enough is enough this is where the line is drawn.”

Both lawsuits will end up in court; however a date has not been set yet.

Dvorak still plans to seek monetary damages.

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