Lawsuit Filed by Guard Members

Twelve present or retired members of the 186th Air National Guard have filed suit against Joe H. Bryant and David Bertholf for alleged statements made on May 27 during an interview on a meridian radio station.

The plaintiffs claim Bryant and Bertholf slandered their names and reputation with "intentional disregard for the truth."

A jury trial has been requested. The suit was filed in Lauderdale County chancery court.

The suit asks for compensatory and punitive damages, plus court costs, in an unspecified amount.