The El Paso Times has the story HERE.
Like all of you, I heard this news yesterday. I was not inclined to post something until I had gathered all the input from the legal community that I figured would come in. I now have a better understanding of what happened here and what will likely happen on the 19th of February.
All of the lawyers I talked to used words that described what happened here as uncommon. They didn't say "unprecedented" because as lawyers they know that there was clear precedent on this kind of bad faith behavior. However, they made it clear that this never really happens. One lawyer told me that the move by former Mayor Salazar and friends was akin to pulling the fire alarm on the way into the courtroom in order to delay a trial.
Of course, some of the lawyers called the move made by the Salazar crowd "chicken shit" and offered his opinion that they knew they were about to lose so they did something stupid to prolong the inevitable. He also mentioned that they have no case and that due process offered by the courts should not be confused with "having a case." He reminded me of the Fernie the Attorney suit where the federal judge gave him 50 chances to try and come up with one good argument and then dismissed the case when Fernie failed to present one. His point was that judges will give even the dumbest lawsuits a chance so as to not look like they acted too quickly and without careful consideration of the case.
With that said - Carl Starr's suit is going to be thrown out along with Salazar's and Gomez's on February 19th. It is likely the judge will use a bunch of lawyer-type words to call them each individually stupid and wasters of taxpayer's time. And he will be correct in his assessment of these morons.
I'm happy they are being fined. I think the next step is for all the people they've been calling corrupt to sue them for defamation. That would teach every ankle biter that they can't just go around calling people "corrupt" and interruptingthe people's business because they're too stupid understand the facts. At a minimum they owe the taxpayers an apology for wasting their tax dollars on this stupid fight.
El Paso Wins - Salazar and friends are the losers.
Oh - and did you notice that Four Names has kept her name off of the suits? She's got her problems, but even she was smart enough to know that these lawsuits were worthless.