GALVESTON – Alleging his appeal of an indefinite suspension
from the League City Police Department was denied, Jim Bitner has pursued legal
Recent Galveston County District Court records show that
Bitner filed a lawsuit against the City of League City in the Galveston County
405th District Court on Feb. 7.
LPPD purportedly suspended Bitner on June 29, 2016. Per the
suit, the plaintiff filed an appeal and was granted a hearing before a third
party examiner four months later in which he was ruled against.
Bitner insists that the examiner “exceeded his jurisdiction
and unlawfully procured his order by examining evidence received outside the confides
of the hearing.”
“Specifically, after the close of evidence, the hearing
examiner researched a webpage (Drugs.com) and cited reference materials from
the website in his opinion,” the suit says. “The hearing examiner acknowledged
in his award that ‘(W)hile this analysis was not introduced into evidence...’ before
‘pasting’ the material into his opinion.”
Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary
He is represented by attorney Gregory B. Cagle of Houston.
Galveston County 405th District Court Case No. 17-CV-0155