Attorney Robin Flores speaks on Budgetel Inn eviction

Flores set to defend Vietnam veteran who was displaced from property

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Local attorneys are now ready to defend evacuated residents of East Ridge’s Budgetel Inn.

Tenants were recently evicted following a nuisance abatement claim from Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp, and Attorney at Law Robin Flores says he is set to defend one decorated former tenant in court.

He described the “lack of notice” that residents had to evacuate as “draconian” and that “a broad net” was cast upon those who suddenly had to leave.

“There [were] also claims about sex offenders and so on and it looked like it took a lot of time to get all of this together,” Flores said. “The question’s going to come down to what was the mad dash to the finish line here? Why did you have to do this in the manner of which you [did] it?”

This past weekend, Flores filed a civil suit “seeking injunctive relief in federal court” against Wamp in defense of Vietnam Veteran Charles Burkhalter, who without a home address, can not receive needed medicine from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The attorney says Burkhalter’s claim was filed under the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1871.

The goal is “to have a federal judge” deem the D.A.’s behavior as “improper at this point without providing hearing to the parties whose constitutional rights have been infringed.”

“For someone to come on public TV and say these folks have the money to afford somewhere else — that’s someone speaking from a position of privilege,” Flores said.

When asked for a comment on the matter, Wamp responded by saying, “Since there is now pending litigation, my office will not comment on the case itself. However, I will say that you are not a true public servant until you have been sued by Robin Flores. I consider it a badge of honor that the same attorney who frequently sues police officers, has now turned his attention to me.”

Flores is not the only local attorney currently working with the inn’s former tenants.

Attorney Charles Wright says he filed a motion to intervene Monday morning in Hamilton County’s criminal court and is currently representing approximately 40 former tenants of the premises.

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