Attorney Don Spurrell said appropriate requests were made to obtain copies of various public records kept in the regular course of business.
The requests were denied by sheriff's department personnel because of Walton's order that the records should be given to his bench clerk (Pierce) "and to no other individual."
said Walton's order was "clearly illegal" under the Open Records Act.
In the suit, Spurrell
is representing Acie Lee Justus, who was jailed by Walton on a contempt charge.
alleged in the lawsuit that Justus was one of about 50 who have been similarly treated by Walton.
As part of that lawsuit, Spurrell
said it was his belief that Walton does not allow the court clerk to put such cases on the court's docket for a hearing and Walton keeps documents from the court sequestered from the clerk's office and unavailable to the public.