County Not Liable for Alt-Weekly Publisher's Legal Costs, Judge Rules

august 29, 2005  01:26 pm
North Dakota's Cass County will not have to reimburse John Strand's legal bills, reports In-Forum. Strand, publisher of High Plains Reader, sued the county in February 2003 over the planned destruction of an old jail. The county then filed a countersuit, claiming damages caused by the demolition's delay. In June 2005, a jury declared that neither Strand nor the county should collect damages. Following the jury's decision, the judge in the case ruled that the county's demolition of the old jail was legal. Last week, the same judge denied Strand's request to compel the county pay his court costs. In-Forum says the ruling "end(s) the legal wrangling" in the case.