Former Butler County Commissioner Jim Eckstein is seeking a court judgment on the pleadings against the county for reimbursement of legal expenses incurred during a defamation case.
Eckstein said they are gambling with taxpayers monies.
Rodgers countered county solicitor Mike English’s argument that the statute of limitations to seek reimbursement lapsed in 2012 when the county denied his first request for indemnification.
According to Rodgers’ brief in support of the motion for judgment, Eckstein’s legal fees have risen to $160,371.
Two defamation lawsuits were filed against Eckstein in 2012, the first year of his single term in office. Both lawsuits were tried simultaneously.
A mistrial was declared in April 2016.