A settlement has been reached in the case of former county chief appraiser Rebecca Duncan and county commissioner Bruce Scogin, but the terms of the settlement have been sealed.
Duncan sued Scogin for a letter to the editor he published in The Madison County Journal in 2004, saying that his comments about her were “made with a callous, malicious and reckless disregard for the truth” in violation of Georgia law.
A “dismissal with prejudice” was filed in Madison County Superior Court Oct. 17.
County attorney Mike Pruett said this week that the county did not face any expenses from the settlement.
“The settlement was handled entirely by the county’s insurer and the attorney the insurer retained, so the county expended no funds and had no input into the settlement terms,” wrote Pruett in an emailed response to The Journal’s query about the matter. “The release does have a confidentiality provision.”