Paonia Mayor Stewart attempts to justify wasting tens of thousands of tax dollars to sue me in a failed attempt hide the truth about how Paonia operates (DCI 12/19/18). The court has rendered judgment on his legal theories. He is wrong. The court issued a 19-page rebuke of his arguments. In a shameful display, Mr. Stewart failed to score a single point. The court not only ruled his arguments have no legal merit, but that Paonia brought this entire case against me in bad faith.
The trial is over. Mr. Stewart led Paonia to a stunning defeat. My reason for seeking the documents in question is to make public how Paonia railroaded a low level employee with the guts to bring a credible complaint against Mr. Stewart's favorite town manager, Jane Berry. As the court pointed out, there was absolutely no attempt to investigate the underlying allegations of retaliation and harassment. In other words, Paonia is running a crooked game.