Judge rejects school board’s request for jury trial in open meeting law case

Castle Rock News-Press: The question of whether Douglas County school board members broke Colorado Open Meetings Law will not be decided by a jury, but rather by the judge who initially ruled that a series of one-on-one meetings about public business is illegal.

On May 30, Douglas County District Court Judge Jeffrey Holmes ruled the school board doesn’t have a right to a jury trial to decide whether board members Becky Myers, President Mike Peterson, Christy Williams, and Kaylee Winegar violated open meetings laws by having a chain of conversations about firing former superintendent Corey Wise.

Myers, Peterson, Williams, and Winegar were sued in February 2022 by Rep. Bob Marshall, D-Highlands Ranch, after firing Wise without cause. In March 2022, Holmes preliminarily ruled the board members’ actions broke open meeting law requirements to discuss public business in public meetings.

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