Attorneys representing the Pure News reporter who is suing the city of Springfield say the law firm the city hired to work the case is disqualified ... according to a motion filed in Federal Court.
The motion filed Monday (.pdf) reveals that the plaintiff, Calvin Christian III, consulted with The Noll Law Office over six months before the city hired the Noll Law Office.
The filing on Christian's behalf says he provided Noll Law Office with confidential information concerning the case in August of 2012.
The city hired Noll Law Office this past May to defend against the two suits: one in Federal Court claiming police harassment, another a FOIA case involving destroyed Internal Affairs Files--both suits from Christian.
An affidavit from Christian, also filed Monday, says that he talked with John Noll for seven minutes over the phone back in 2012.
Christian says he remembers the conversation vividly because Mr. Noll mentioned his parents and that they are "good people and tell them he said hello."
Neither side could be immediately reached for comment.