Brownsville Judge Sues Sam's Club Over Dispute

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Brownsville municipal court judge is suing a local Sam's Club and its owner, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.,alleging that an unnecessary customer service dispute led to his confinement in mental health facilities.

The Brownsville Herald reports the suit filed last week by Judge
Phil Bellamy accuses store personnel of making a false report to
police accusing him of disorderly conduct and terroristic threats.

According to the newspaper, the 46-year-old judge has been
diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has fought confinement at
mental health facilities and court-ordered treatment since Jan. 12.
That's when a dispute at the store led to his arrest.

He contends that his First Amendment right to free expression
was violated by store employees when they questioned him about the
high cost of a pair of diamond earrings he was buying for his wife.

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