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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 6:00 pm

Franklin County has spent time and money on a lawsuit to defend the establishment of its municipal court under state law. The county has a responsibility to seek attorney fees if an appeal is filed. The lawsuit is deemed frivolous by county officials and others.

A circuit judge recently ruled in favor of Franklin County in the lawsuit that alleged that the municipal court was created under a Missouri law that is unconstitutional. A judge denied that contention. If an appeal is filed by the two citizens who represented themselves in the suit, the county has indicated it will seek reimbursement of its attorney fees. There certainly is justification to do so; in fact, as stewards of taxpayer funds, it is more of an obligation than just an option.

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