Former assistant State's Attorney Donna "Chris" Lindamood essentially won her battle with her former boss, Orange-Osceola State's Attorney Lawson Lamar, when an appeals court ruled last spring that she be reinstated in the job from which she was fired without cause in January of 1998.
At that point, reinstatement was the last thing Lindamood wanted; she had argued that she was fired from Lamar's office for blowing the whistle on pay inequity and favoritism -- entrenched practices that she said slighted her, along with several others. The 5th District Court of Appeals agreed that her firing violated a state statute that protects whistle-blowers, and called for her reinstatement while it reviewed the merits of the other complaints.
Lindamood finally found a job with the state comptroller's office. But in her free time, she's also carried on the battle that consumed so much of her time and resources: The debut last week of a website, serves up internal documents, e-mails and excerpts from depositions meant to further validate her case -- or at the very least, showcase the arrogance and attitude of the office whose problems she says she was only trying to correct.
"Disclaimer: This is a political web site to educate the public regarding opinions about Lawson Lamar. It is not the personal home page of Lawson Lamar, state attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida," reads the opening page.
Not that anyone might make that mistake.