Saturday, March 12, 2011

Moore Lawyer To Ask Grafton Attorney Court Appointment

In the latest chess move in Grafton Township's battle over control of the Township Board, Judge Michael Caldwell Friday gave John Nelson, Supervisor Linda Moore's Rockford lawyer, a Tuesday deadline to file a motion for appointment as Township Attorney.  He gave trustees until April 11 to explain why that was a bad idea.

"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 

29 comments :

Anonymous said...

Why didn't they appeal? This Judge is goofy old coot.

Anonymous said...

Great idea give Nelson court ordered authoriy to rob Grafton blind. The Judges main job is to make sure lawyer gaet paid.

Anonymous said...

One person'a "goofy old coot" is another person's "wise, been there and done that, have seen all the games, and will rule on law" excellent Judge.

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Pete, please consider including the fact that the judge said the Trustees could go to the office during working hours (or by appointment with the supervisor if outside of office hours) to see the read only info on the laptop specifically set up for that purpose.

Anonymous said...

No just a Goofy old coot, I agee.
Only a lawyer would say "excellent Judge"

Anonymous said...

The rulings continues to make the trustees look foolish. Frankly, they all should resign for the sake of the township.

Anonymous said...

The trustees arn't gonna resign kimosabe. That "Bat shnit crazy" supervisor should resign.

The rulings are a joke!
What ever happened to letting the voters will play out.

First Electric Newspaper LLC said...

I was only able to make out about 25% of the mumbled exchanges at the bench. I heard the judge say nothing about the validity of laptop access, "Anonymous" person.--ed.

Anonymous said...

Through Judge Caldwell's previous ruling, the taxpayers were forced to pay for Nelson's fees as well as the lawyers for the trustees in a court case that we had no part in. Now, the judge is ramming Nelson down our throats, bypassing the checks and balances put in place. The trustees, elected and representative of the voters and taxpayers, were given the right to reject the township lawyer recommended by the supervisor as part of these checks and balances. If the judge forces the appointment of Nelson, he is basically disenfranchising the voters of Grafton township

Anonymous said...

The way I figure it, this guy's going to get a Cayman Island paradise estate paid for by the Grafton taxpayers before all is said and done. I hope he give Moore at least a fruit basket or two for all the bags of money she's laid at his feet. Thanks "Judge" Caldwell for taking away the rights and $$$ of taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

I love how the taxpayers are repeatedly denied transparency by a judge and a township supervisor. It just never ends in Illinois.

Anonymous said...

How much has the trustees lawyer charged the township to date?

Taking Back Grafton Township said...

To Anonymous @ 1:13 PM:

Are you suggesting that the trustees go to court without representation? How many lawsuits has the Linda brought against the trustees? Had Linda not brought the suits, there would be no need for additional attorneys fees.

Anonymous said...

If I recall correctly the trustees illegally broke into the supervisors office and illegally hired someone to be her superior. Effectively cancelling the will of the people who elected her into office.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Supervisor Moore find and hire Ancel-Glinck (and many other legal firms)? History shows Linda hiring attorneys then dumping them when they don't agree with her. I wonder how long Nelson will last.

Any word on when an audit will take place?

Anonymous said...

Audit.

It is the law.

Linda has not complied.

...for 2 years.

Her corrupt lawyer might be assigned, by a corrupt judge, to be the township's lawyer.

This township will continue to suck until all of these gnats GO AWAY!

Anonymous said...

Apeal get the case out of this jerky judges courtroom.

Anonymous said...

She fired Ancel Glink but just like Island Lake they wont be fired. The only other lawyer was one that quit because the trustees called him every day.

Anonymous said...

The last appeal the trustees did cost taxpayers $40,000 and they lost.

Anonymous said...

The trustees auditor refuses to do the audit while the township is in litigation.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I do not expect a 2010 audit any time soon because Linda's Coyne Station Cronies haven't authorized it. They're very busy these days putting things onto the Annual Meeting Agenda, printing up colored shirts, and shooting neighbor's dogs. If there's going to be any sort of audit, I'm all for dropping a few more coins for a forensic audit. I want to know what sort of shenanigans have been hidden from taxpayer eyes these past two years. Ignore the Coyne Station Propaganda Machine!!!

@5:27 PM: I think you are mistaken. The lost $40 grand was lost because moore couldn't complete a grant application because moore didn't fulfill her legal obligation to get the 2009 audit done. That $40 grand was lost grant money for senior citizens - which falls on the supervisor, who went to court to get her power, but fails consistently to exercise it for anything other than lawsuits and bingo prize money.

Anonymous said...

High stakes bingo?

Is Linda the caller?

Anonymous said...

The township has never relied on grant money to keep the bus running. Why do you want more money? It is better to use the normal tax dollars for things besides putting the supervisor out of office.

Anonymous said...

If the township doesn't need the grant money for the bus, why does Supervisor Moore repeatedly want to increase the cost to the seniors riding the bus? With the increase in gas cost, will the township continue to be able to afford the bus without the grant?

Anonymous said...

So what appeal, spend every dollar the township has on it. Don't pay back the loan and go bankrupt it's not like we are getting anything for our money anyway.

Anonymous said...

I'm intrested in the dog shooting story. How about some details.

Anonymous said...

The only reason the township is low on money is the trustees waste of over $200k on Ancel glink.

Anonymous said...

Yes it's all the trustee's falt. It has nothing to do crazy supervisor. Hey why don't you fix it at the electorate meeting.

Anonymous said...

What say ye, Linda! When will you "allow" an audit to happen?

Anonymous said...

I'm just wondering what Mr. Nelson's background is with Township Law. Does anyone know? Does he actually specialize in Township Law? I mean you would think that he would if he wants to be the Township Lawyer.