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Judge grants Jore hearing over assets

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by JGrubbs, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. JGrubbs

    JGrubbs New Member

    Feb 4, 2004
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    A judge Friday granted a hearing on Rick Jore's request to exempt his assets from a $15,600 judgment against him by the law firm that won for his opponent in the tug of war over the House District 12 seat.

    Jore has been ordered to pay the Helena law firm of Meloy-Trieweiler, which represented Democratic candidate Jeanne Windham who beat Jore in last November's election by appealing the results to the Montana Supreme Court.

    The hearing will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 19 in the Lake County Courthouse before District Judge Kim Christopher of Polson.

    In her order setting the hearing, Christopher warned Jore that she "will not re-litigate contested issues in this case ultimately decided by the Montana Supreme Court."

    The high court not only awarded the legislative victory to Windham, but ordered Jore, who lives near Charlo, to pay her attorney's fees. Jore did not contest the election result, which initially was ruled a tie by local election officials, and he did not seek to litigate the results.

    Jore has refused to pay the judgment, saying it is unjust because he didn't sue anybody, and would not have sued, even if local officials had awarded the election to Windham.

    Source: Missoulian
  2. Daisy

    Daisy New Member

    Apr 1, 2003
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    That's a bad law very slanted in favor of the financially well-off. I can see awarding court costs if Jore had acted culpably, but he did not. It seems to me that the board of elections should have been sued rather than the opposing candidate, unless he was accused of rigging the election somehow (which, it seems, he was not - it was a tie vote).