Federal judge dismisses retaliation claim against Jeffco district, allows claim against blogger

Colorado Politics: A federal judge has dismissed an attorney’s retaliation claim against her former employer, a special district based in Lakewood, while at the same time permitting the lawyer’s defamation claim against a blogger to proceed.

Mary Joanne “Jo” Deziel Timmins sued the Green Mountain Water and Sanitation District after it fired her in the summer of 2021. According to Timmins, the board of directors retaliated against her for bringing to the public’s attention the alleged malfeasance and lawbreaking she learned about while serving as the district’s counsel.

Timmins also named as a defendant John Kiess Henderson, who she accused of conspiring with the board and defaming her by posting untrue statements on his website.

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