Appeals Court Rules in Ex-Guard Officer's Lawsuit

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of portions of a lawsuit filed by a former Mississippi Air National Guard colonel who claimed other officers retaliated against him for revealing corruption in his unit.

Retired Col. Joe H. "Jody" Bryant, Jr., sued in 2005, claiming members of the 186th Air Refueling Wing in Meridian tried to intimidate him after he went public with concerns about racism, fraud and favoritism.

U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee dismissed portions of the lawsuit in 2008, including whether the defendants violated the Whistleblower Protection Act by filing a slander lawsuit against Bryant.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Lee's ruling Thursday.

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