Recently the actions and inactions of acting Milwaukee County Executive Lee Holloway have been outrageous. Our firm represents one victim of the Milwaukee County Executive. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has published a story about the lawsuit we filed today stating:
Thelma Murphy’s lawsuit contends that Holloway failed to maintain the apartment building in a safe condition and was aware of the dangers because city inspectors had issued more than 100 code violations at the building, at 3061 W. Atkinson Ave. The suit, filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, also named Holloway’s wife, Lynda Holloway, the Holloway Living Trust, the state Department of Health Services’ office of legal counsel and two unnamed insurance companies as defendants.
Holloway could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier this month, Eric L. Turner, a security guard for Holloway’s rental business, was arrested after Murphy, 51, said he had barged into her apartment with a gun, ransacked it and told her she had to leave.
Holloway had said he didn’t know about that incident, but he had said he was trying to evict Murphy, whom he called “a bad tenant.”
Her attorney, Jonathan Groth, said that after the Aug. 12 fall he sent a letter to Holloway in October to inquire who insures the rental business and apartments. Groth said he never got a reply, but five days later Murphy was hit with an eviction action, which he helped her get dismissed. A second eviction action also was dismissed last year. Holloway filed a third eviction Jan. 6, the day after Turner visited her apartment. That case is pending.
But Murphy was later a victim of “thuggery,” meant to intimidate her from seeking compensation for her injuries, Groth said, and of Holloway’s comments about her to news media. He said he’s still never been told who, if anyone, insures Holloway’s rental properties.
According to the lawsuit, the windows near the entrance to Murphy’s building have been boarded up, so little daylight can illuminate the interior where the lights didn’t work. Further, the stairs themselves have been “repaired” with duct tape, the suit contends, making them more hazardous.
Groth said Murphy suffered a knee injury in the fall. Though she has been recuperating, he said, she is consulting with an orthopedic surgeon about possible surgery on the knee.