Kevin Rolle, executive vice president at Alabama A&M University, filed a federal lawsuit last week against five individuals for acting in a conspiracy to spread malicious information about his 2008 guilty plea on a U.S. military base.

According to the lawsuit, Rolle was charged with and pleaded guilty to “Less Than Safe Driving — Alcohol Use” on a military base in Georgia on Dec. 12, 2008. But a clerical error reflected that Rolle was convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana.

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Rolle was not hired at Alabama A&M until almost a year later in October 2009.

The defendants — which include Alabama A&M trustee James Montgomery and former Alabama A&M VP Dorothy Huston — spread information about the incorrect record to damage Rolle and seek to have him fired as the university’s top assistant to President Andrew Hugine.

Montgomery said he had not seen the lawsuit and declined to comment. Attempts to reach Huston have not been successful.

Also named as defendants are former trustee Tom Bell, Alabama A&M Research Institute compliance officer Kevin Matthews and Alabama A&M alum Tony Smith. read more…

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