Rogers sides talk settlement behind closed doors in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Greg Hines attended a closed-door settlement conference with a judge Friday morning related to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against them by City Attorney Ben Lipscomb.

Lipscomb, the elected city attorney, filed a federal lawsuit in November against the mayor and aldermen claiming his Constitutional rights were violated when the council transferred most of his duties to a staff attorney who answers to the mayor.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette formally objected to the settlement conference being closed, based on the open meetings clause of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Continue>>>