2012-04-26 / Local & State

Trooper, Wife File Pa. County Defamation Lawsuit

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) – A state trooper and his countyemployee wife are suing a Democrat county commissioner in western Pennsylvania for allegedly claiming a Republican colleague got the trooper to fix a drunken driving charge.

Trooper Scott Altman and his wife Lori are the second plaintiffs to sue Butler County Commissioner James Eckstein. Republican Commissioner A. Dale Pinkerton sued earlier this month claiming Pinkerton voted to give Lori Altman a raise because her husband allegedly helped Pinkerton avoid the DUI charge. Lori Altman is the county's personnel director.

State police officials say the incident never occurred, so the Altmans are suing Eckstein for defamation, too.

Eckstein has previously denied defaming Pinkerton, but has yet to respond publicly to the Altmans' lawsuit.

Pinkerton and another Republican say Lori Altman deserved the raise from $29 to $35 an hour because she was underpaid.

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