Judge quashes subpoena in Hicks lawsuit

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Oct 20, 2010 - 02:41 PM

One Gloucester resident who was asked to turn over an image of his computer hard drive in the lawsuit against Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert "Bob" Hicks now won’t have to do so. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Theodore J. Markow granted a motion Friday afternoon to quash the subpoena for Gloucester resident Garr Johnson.

Johnson’s counsel, Gloucester attorney Kenneth Gibson, said Johnson, a member of the "Gloucester 40," a group of residents who tried to remove four county officials from office following a controversial Gloucester County Board of Supervisors meeting in January 2008, had already provided all of the information he possessed regarding the defamation suit against Hicks.

Attorneys on behalf of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, former Gloucester County Board of Supervisors member Teresa Altemus and current supervisors Bobby Crewe, Michelle Ressler and Gregory Woodard, issued subpoenas to 12 individuals this past spring, including several members of the Gloucester 40, former and current Gloucester Board of Supervisors members, and other former Gloucester County officials seeking a wide variety of information related in any way to Hicks.

Not satisfied with the information received from those subpoenas, plaintiffs’ attorneys later issued additional subpoenas to five of those individuals, seeking to copy an image of their computer hard drives.