ASHLAND — An eastern Kentucky man who sued over being barred from a parade because of a political message related to the slaying of a family member has settled a lawsuit with the county and city that banned him.
Jeffrey Flaugher settled with the city of Sandy Hook and Elliott County Fiscal Court last week. Terms of the settlement were not released.
Flaugher, a former Carter County magistrate, sued the city and county in December in federal court, claiming they hindered him from participating in the Elliott County Tobacco Festival parade in September 2006.
Flaugher said his civil rights were violated because he wasn’t allowed to enter the parade with a truck draped in political signs condemning a candidate for circuit judge and urging people to vote for her opponent.
The candidate, Rebecca Phillips, is a former associate of Robert Miller, who represented one of the defendants charged with the 2004 shotgun slayings of Flaugher’s son, Jeffrey “Bub” Flaugher, 26, and his girlfriend, Teresa Leadingham, 29.
The signs bore photos of Flaughers grandsons and had text written in a childlike scrawl, including a statement about how Phillips “helped defend the people who murdered our mom and dad.”
The signs also exhorted people to vote for Phillips’ opponent, Michael Fox. Phillips defeated Fox in the November 2006 general election.
Miller represented Cathy Reddicks, whose husband, Clyde, shot the younger Flaugher and his companion. Cathy Reddicks was originally charged with complicity to capital murder, but she pleaded guilty in July 2006 to a reduced charge of hindering prosecution or apprehension and was sentenced to a year of home confinement.
Clyde Reddicks, who was originally charged with capital murder in the slayings, was sentenced to 35 years in prison last summer after pleading guilty but mentally ill to reduced charges of first-degree manslaughter, wanton endangerment and burglary.