This just in: Chancery Court Judge Walter Evans has ruled that Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery must get approval of the Memphis City Council if he wants to fire City Atty. Elbert Jefferson, reports The Commercial Appeal's Amos Maki.
Friday, on his first day as interim mayor, Lowery fired Jefferson. But Jefferson got a restraining order over the weekend to allow him to keep working until a possible council vote on his fate.
If the council decides to leave Jefferson in the top legal post -- which on Tuesday seemed the likely scenario -- Lowery has the power as mayor to suspend Jefferson or change his duties.
For background, read Lowery's letter of termination sent to Jefferson and also Jefferson's petition for a restraining order, which accused Lowery of conduct "so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree as to be beyond the pale of decency and is atrocious and intolerable."