Whoa... "Mayor" Steve Mitchell? Isn't the current mayor Bob Townsend? Isn't the new mayor going to be Amir Omar or Laura Maczka? Wasn't the former mayor Gary Slagel? It turns out that "Mayor" Steve Mitchell is not a typo here. Steve Mitchell was mayor of Richardson from 2007-2009. A little bit of history that has been bouncing around our legal system for what seems like forever needs to be disposed of before we can devote all of our attention to the upcoming council election.ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED that judgment be rendered in favor of the Contestee, Mayor Steve Mitchell. ... This is a final, appealable Judgment disposing of all claims against parties.
Source: Honorable Gene Knize.
After the jump, an important court ruling on an old legal case.
The legal case involves the Richardson election to change the city charter. No, not the 2012 charter change that imposed direct election of the mayor. The housecleaning here deals with the charter change the voters adopted in 2007 to impose term limits on the city council and to allow council meetings to be held off-site and in executive session as specified by state law.
Cheri Duncan-Hubert sued the city over that 2007 election. I'm not going to try to restate her claims or the court's findings of fact and law. You are free to go and research the history to your heart's content. (Go to the court's website and search on case DC0714663.) All I'm going to do here is report that the Honorable Gene Knize of the 14th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, on January 31, 2013, issued final judgment in case DC-07-14663, Cheri Duncan-Hubert vs Mayor Steve Mitchell. The most important sentences from the ruling are in the excerpt above.
So, is this finally over and done with? Maybe. Note that the judgment says it's "appealable." Stay tuned. Sigh.