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Mon., June 14, 2010, 5:35 p.m.

DOTC: Brannon Case To Trial Sept. 13

  • Update: Dan of the County reports: "(The Brannon case is) now set for trial the week of September 13th."

At 3:30 p.m. today, Judge Charles Hosack will hear five motions in the long-running attempt by challenger Jim Brannon to overthrow the Coeur d'Alene City Council election results. Brannon has asked Hosack to reconsider the ruling he made May 14 that Brannon hasn't made a claim that's sufficient to overturn the results in his five-vote loss to Councilman Mike Kennedy or the three other races on the municipal ballot last November. Also, the judge is being asked to rule on the request to intervene in the lawsuit by Bill McCrory and his wife. Also, Attorney Scott Reed, who represents Kennedy, and Mike Haman, who represents the city of Coeur d'Alene, have asked the judge to set a date for the trial.

Question: Am I being a bit cynical when I consider that a Sept. 13 trial will push this case into the heart of the next election cycle, possibly benefitting some of the individuals running for various local offices?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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