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Ex-planetarium chief drops suit

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Former Hansen Planetarium director Charles Gibbs is dropping his suit against Salt Lake County Attorney Doug Short because to continue it would only hurt county government, which has already settled with Gibbs, Gibbs' attorney said Wednesday.

Jim McConkie, attorney for Gibbs, said a recent court ruling saying the county must pay Short's attorney's fees made it clear to Gibbs that the federal civil rights suit against Short should end.Last year Short led a "raid" on the planetarium and without a warrant went through Gibbs' office. No charges were ever brought against Gibbs, and Gibbs said that even though Short broke into the offices looking for criminal wrongdoing, he still needed a warrant.

McConkie said the county settled with Gibbs, paying him $107,500. "We considered that a just settlement," said McConkie. The county also offered to help Gibbs find another county job paying about the same salary, also a nice offer, said McConkie.