Jacksboro, TN (2018-06-12) 8th District Chancellor Elizabeth Asberry ruled last week a temporary injunction keeping the Oneida Family Motel closed shall remain in effect until a two-day hearing in August.
On Monday, June 6, 2018, Chancellor Asberry ruled that a temporary injunction that closed the Oneida Family Motel in April will remain in place until she has the opportunity to hear the case in August. Judge Asberry’s was acting on a motion by the motel owners to have the injunction dismissed because of the lack of due process. According to those at the hearing, Knoxville-attorney James A.H. Bell argued his clients, Chris and Nada Yousef, weren’t given a mandatory hearing within the state prescribed five-day window.
8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, Assistant D.A. Matt McClung, and Oneida Police Chief Darryl Laxton attended the hearing on behalf of the city.
Chancellor Asberry, who has agreed to hear the case on behalf of Criminal Court Judge E. Shayne Sexton, set two days aside to hear it—August 14 and August 15, 2018.
On April 18, 2018, local law enforcement converged on the Oneida Family Motel and evicted all the tenants—acting on a temporary injunction issued by Judge Sexton declaring the business a public nuisance. A meeting was reportedly held with Yousef and his attorney the following Monday; however, his new attorney reportedly argued last week that his client hadn’t been given his due process.
Authorities say the once thriving business had become a haven of criminal activity. In recent years, local authorities reportedly had arrested numerous people on drug and sex-related crimes and responded to hundreds of other complaints about illegal activity at the motel. Many of those evicted in April were using the motel for permanent housing.