Husband suing smoking wife changes mind, twice
September 2, 1997
Web posted at: 5:58 p.m. EDT (2158 GMT)
CHICAGO (CNN) -- Richard Thomas had changed his mind about
suing his wife of 43 years to get her to quit smoking, but
now he's proceeding with the federal case against Sally
The retired Army colonel's attorney had filed court papers
seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, stating that Sally Thomas had
agreed to stop smoking entirely. On Tuesday, however, the
motion was withdrawn.
"She said, 'I was quitting smoking,' (but) the colonel has
reason to believe that's not necessarily the case," said
Christopher Helt, the attorney for Richard Thomas.
"She's not totally out of the nicotine bag," Thomas added.
When the suit was originally filed, Thomas said he did it out
of love because he didn't want to see Sally Thomas harm
Helt contends that the suit is supported by the federal Clean
Air Act, which forbids smoking in many public areas. A judge
is scheduled to hear the case on October 9.
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