A former municipal court judge has sued the city of Harlingen, Texas, and its city manager, alleging in her complaint that the nonrenewal of her contract stems from her refusal to violate a city ethics ordinance prohibiting special treatment for any citizen.

Rebekah Syck filed Syck v. Lonon, et al. on May 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville, seeking an unspecified amount of damages. Syck alleges in her complaint that Harlingen City Manager Craig Lonon, whom Syck sued individually and in his official capacity, threatened to give her a bad evaluation after she told him she would not give special treatment to anyone just because Lonon might order her to do so.

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