Lake County Whistle-blower Wins Supreme Court Case

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BALDWIN, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated a $350,000 verdict for a woman who lost her job as head of a county 911 service when she complained that money was being misspent.

Cheryl Debano-Griffin filed a whistle-blower's lawsuit against Lake County commissioners. She won the trial, but the case has twice been at the state appeals court and the Supreme Court.

Commissioners claimed that Debano-Griffin's job was eliminated as part of legitimate budget deliberations. But the Supreme Court, in a 4-0 opinion, says she presented sufficient evidence to suggest otherwise.

Debano-Griffin's troubles began in 2002 when she objected to an ambulance being used for residents of other counties. She also reported that money from a property tax for ambulance service in Lake County was put in another county account.

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