TOP PHOTO: LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield stopped by WLAF on Sunday morning while he was out delivering Thanksgiving food around the county.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield is questioning the nine criminal charges recently levied against him.
In September, he was indicted on seven counts of official misconduct, retaliating against the employee who reported him to the state comptroller’s office and lying to a state auditor.
A few days later, Stanfield pleaded not guilty to all of the counts.
Last week, his attorney, Steve Hurst, filed motions in the case asking for information behind the allegations to be revealed.
For each count filed against Stanfield, Hurst has asked for specific dates, names of others involved as well what benefit was allegedly obtained by Stanfield in the committing of the acts. Also included in this line of inquiry is a request for the disclosure of the statements allegedly made by Stanfield such as how he directed a city employee to provide false information to state officials and the words he allegedly used to retaliate against city administrator Jimmy Jeffries.
In a second motion, a request was filed to examine sealed documents in the matter. Within that motion, Hurst said the state has filed sealed documents in the case but will not allow the papers to be seen with prosecutors citing an ongoing investigation as the reason for the non-disclosure. Because nothing else has happened in the case since his arrest, Stanfield wants to see what those documents are, according to the motions.
Stanfield’s case is set for review Mon., Nov. 30.
Currently, he faces seven felony and two misdemeanor charges. If convicted of a felony, Stanfield would forfeit the mayoral seat he just won in an unchallenged election. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED- 11/24/2020- 6 AM)