By Katie Anderson, Harrison, Doddridge, and Ritchie County Reporter - email
Sam "Zeke" Lopez
Harrison County Circuit Judge James A. Matish has granted an injunction for Sam "Zeke" Lopez in his quest to keep his seat on Clarksburg City Council.
Clarksburg City Council unanimously voted for Sam "Zeke" Lopez to step down from his council seat last Thursday after determining that a conviction for domestic assault violates moral turpitude. A jury convicted Lopez of domestic assault in January.
Lopez's attorney, Greg Schillace, asserts that council's decision is unconstitutional. Judge Matish ruled that Lopez will be able to sit on council but will be unable to vote on council decisions pending the outcome of his lawsuit, according to Judge Matish's office staff.
Lopez will also have to pay a $500 bond for the injunction.