Saturday, March 12, 2011
Moore Lawyer To Ask Grafton Attorney Court Appointment
"The guy's suing us," sputtered Trustee Rob LaPorta Friday.
Trustees rejected Moore's appointment of Nelson Thursday saying he had a conflict of interest. Caldwell told trustee's attorney Thomas DiCianni Friday they could only withhold their consent for "an articulable reason."
In a written order Friday Caldwell formally told Moore to pay a wad of bills she's held up, in some cases for more than a year. He denied payment for three including the bill for mailing notices of last year's Township Annual Meeting. Caldwell also said he'd consider a separate petition later on to pay a $19,000 bill for the computer investigator trustees hired to figure out what happened when the Township's financial records went missing last year.
Lee Neubecker, president of Forensicon, Inc., was in court Friday to ask if, please, he could be paid for imaging and analyzing two terabytes (quite a lot) of Township computer records. However, when DiCianni asked the judge if he could do that then, Caldwell simply said, "No."
Caldwell's written order also denied trustees Internet access to the Township books which they'd asked for. The judge likewise refused to find Moore in contempt of his earlier orders.
Besides the motion for Nelson's appointment, Moore also has until April 11 to file a motion to pay about $5,000 in bills from her attorney before she hired Nelson. That's also the date for her to file another motion cutting back what former Township Attorney firm Ancel-Glink can do in its role now as, basically, special defense counsel for the trustees.
In the pic: Rockford lawyer John Nelson