Advance Indiana wonders if a last-minute affidavit in which a man present for the Mayor's budget presentation for the City-County Council swore he heard Indianapolis Fire Chief James Greeson refer to tax activist Melyssa Donaghy as a "bull dyke" before the start of the meeting had anything to do with the city's decision to settle the suit. The comments attributed in an online Star article to the City's chief legal counsel are quite telling. "What happened to Captain Morrison is unacceptable, it can’t be tolerated," said Kobi Wright, the city's lead attorney. The Star article also quotes Wright as saying disciplinary action will be taken against unnamed fire department employees.
Morrison was represented by the law firm of DeLaney & Delaney. Yes, that's the family law firm of Democratic operative Ann DeLaney of Indiana Week In Review fame. Donaghy contacted the Delaney law firm after she obtained the affidavit from the man claiming he heard Chief Greeson call her a "bull dyke". A copy of the sworn affidavit is posted above. Click on the image to enlarge it.
While the derogatory comment directed towards Donaghy may have helped Morrison exact a good settlement in her case, it apparently has done little to settle the case the city has against her for alleged zoning violations. Donaghy alleged the City filed a politically-motivated zoning lawsuit against her and Mayor Peterson lied about her business during a press conference announcing the lawsuit. She says her lawyer, Mark Small, and the city had reached an agreement to a settlement of her case and she had already signed an agreement drafted by city lawyers when Corporation Counsel Kobi Wright ordered the settlement agreement withdrawn. Donaghy believes the settlement with her was withdrawn in retaliation for her anti-tax efforts over the summer and her pressing city officials about the alleged "bull dyke" comment made by Chief Greeson with various city officials.