Judge Orders Halt to Former ASU President's Payments

A Montgomery Circuit Judge ordered a temporary halt to any payments to Former President Joe Lee as outlined in an agreement between the school's trustees and Lee.

In February, Lee unexpectedly announced his resignation, effective last Friday. Later the board agreed to pay lee $289,000, that's what he would have made through the end of his contract in 2009 plus other benefits. Trustee Joe Reed filed a lawsuit to stop the board's plan to pay Lee, saying it violated state law.

On Friday, Judge William Shashy issued the temporary restraining order and appointed a mediator to try and resolve the issue. Shashy instructed all parties involved, including the acting President of Alabama State to appear at the mediation proceedings. The judge also set a date for a preliminary hearing on the matter for June 16th at 9 a.m.

The ASU trustees reacted to Reed's lawsuit by ordering his name removed from the University's Acadome facility. The board accused Reed of creating negative publicity for the university and wasting taxpayer dollars on frivilous lawsuits.