Grover Merritt

Merritt

Lawsuit filed this week alleges false candidate statement
March 19, 2014 8:52 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

San Bernardino County District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt said Tuesday that he was open to settling a lawsuit brought forth this week by a legal union over language on his recent candidate statement, attributing their contention to “silliness in the political season.”

The county Public Attorney’s Association on Monday levied a writ of mandate against Merritt, saying he misrepresented his qualifications on a voter pamphlet filed with the Registrar of Voters. On it, Merritt wrote “Manager: President, County Public Attorneys” to describe his relevant experience. But the union said it lacked limiting or contextual language that was important to voters since Merritt, a deputy district attorney, was no longer the president — replaced in 2010 by John Thomas, another deputy DA.

“They’re all upset because it’s present tense as opposed to past tense,” Merritt said by phone Tuesday. “I think it’s nonsense. It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money.”

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