Nos. 81-2060, 81-2091.

727 F.2d 1329 (1984)

Clara B. JONES, Appellee, v. Ray M. DODSON, both individually and in his capacity of Sheriff of Page County, Appellant. Edward M. SEDWICK, Appellant, v. Ray M. DODSON, Individually and in his capacity of Sheriff of Page County, Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Decided February 7, 1984.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Edward J. White, Alexandria, Va. (George W. Shanks, Luray, Va., on brief), for appellant.

Douglas L. Guynn, Harrisonburg (Phillip C. Stone, Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, Harrisonburg, on brief), for appellee.

Before PHILLIPS, and CHAPMAN, Circuit Judges, THOMAS E. FAIRCHILD, Senior United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, sitting by designation.


Plaintiffs Clara B. Jones and Edward M. Sedwick brought this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Sheriff Ray M. Dodson for wrongfully discharging them from the Sheriff's Department because of their political affiliations and expressions. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiffs on both claims. On Dodson's motion for judgment n.o.v., the district court upheld the verdict in favor of Jones1

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