Good point. It certainly will be interesting when the Surpreme Court hears this case and makes it's ruling. Poetic justice would be served if the court ruled in favor of the 40 and orders the supervisors to pay their own legal fees for defense against the petitioners. As for the criminal fees, I think the statues are clear on that, unfortunately, the county must pick up the costs if the Board votes that way.<quoted text>
You still miss the point. At the time the petitions were done and filed, none of the charges had been dismissed, so the petitions were done in a good faith effort, as to the information AT THE TIME. Also, the petition suit was a civil case that was non-suited. Go look at the right to petition statute.... unless the suit is found " in the supervisor's favor."... no legal fees may be assessed to the governing body. In a non suit, there is no winner and there is no preference given to either party....That isn't any-ones particular opinion, that is the law.... too bad Judge Parker decided to ignore the law and make up his own version.
I do find it questionable on the method of the fee payment (which has already been paid to the attorneys). I think the county needs an invoice outlining the costs incurred rather than a resolution from the board on the total amount. I would like to see the New Board to look into this to see if the amount charged by the attorney's were indeed reasonable.