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Was a former West Virginia police chief unjustly fired?  The West Virginia Supreme Court is bringing a case back to court. 

According to reports, former Montgomery police chief Jackie Brown was fired by Mayor James Higgins Jr. for refusing to install a GPS tracking device on the cruiser driven by a police officer who had filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city.  That lead to Brown filing a lawsuit of his own against the city.

In 2012, a Fayette County judge ruled that the City of Montgomery and its mayor were immune from former police chief's lawsuit. The judge also rejected Brown's claim that he was entitled to a hearing before being fired. 

In Thursday's ruling, the Supreme Court agreed with the judge on the hearing issue, but said the city and mayor are not immune from the lawsuit. The case was sent back to Fayette Circuit Court.