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Sandy Springs official linked to wrongful death suit

The newly appointed assistant solicitor for the municipal court for the City of Sandy Springs has been released from her position after authorities learned of personal problems she was facing, including the possibility of being charged in a wrongful death suit. The suit was going to be filed by the family of a 14-year-old who committed suicide after taking a synthetic substance.

The former solicitor's husband is involved in a large federal drug trafficking case associated with the synthetic marijuana industry and has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges. The former solicitor is being charged in the lawsuit because of perceived ties to a company that authorities believe manufactured a compound for synthetic marijuana. She is named as the registering agent for four companies that have the same address as the company that is believed to have manufactured the substance taken by the teen who committed suicide. His family believes that the drug induced a psychotic break that led to his death.

The solicitor was sworn in at the beginning of December. According to an attorney for the city of Sandy Springs, the city decided that the best interests of the city required the solicitor to be let go after she brought up the situation to authorities herself.

When a person's negligence leads to the death of another person, his or her family may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the responsible party. A wrongful death attorney may be able to prove the party's liability and help the family recover compensation for the damages that they have sustained from the loss of a loved one.

Source: Sandy Springs Patch, "New City Solicitor Gone, Faces Wrongful Death Suit Tied to Synthetic Marijuana Industry," Adrianne Murchison, Jan. 3, 2012

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