Douglas County judge denies school board request for jury trial

Colorado Public Radio: A case involving whether four Douglas County school board members broke the state’s open meeting or sunshine laws will not be decided by a jury, but by the judge who initially ruled that there’s evidence to demonstrate the four broke the law.

The school board members had requested a jury trial, but Douglas County District Court Judge Jeffrey Holmes on Tuesday denied the request  because they aren’t being sued for monetary damages. In addition, Holmes wrote that the defendants waived their right to a jury trial by failing to file a jury fee by the state-mandated deadline.  

Highlands Ranch resident and now state Democratic Representative Robert Marshall sued four board members Mike Peterson, Becky Myers, Kaylee Winegar and Christy Williams last year, alleging that they engaged in one-on-one meetings to collectively decide to fire former superintendent Corey Wise.

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