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Judge may order former revenue commissioner to depose

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Masters' attorneys want the civil case stayed until the criminal case is over. Masters' attorneys want the civil case stayed until the criminal case is over.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A judge may soon have to decide if a former Marshall County revenue commissioner should be required to give a deposition in a civil case after he was charged with a misdemeanor offense.

Many times, defendants do not want to be put in the position of answering questions that may implicate them. The plaintiffs in the civil case said the civil and criminal cases have nothing to do with one another.

Joey Masters was recently released on bond after being charged with use of public office for personal gain, after he allegedly mishandled some $400 from the petty cash drawer at the Revenue Commission Office where he served as commissioner. Masters resigned after his arrest.

He is also the subject of a civil suit stemming from a state audit which said Masters changed property assessments. The civil suit said this was done for friends and political allies.

Masters' attorneys want the civil case stayed until the criminal case is over. Attorneys for the plaintiff are asking a judge to decide if Masters should be compelled to give a deposition.

No hearing date has been set at this time.

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