As Jay Mehring's case against Spokane and the city's chief of police for defamation and wrongful termination approaches its trial date, the judge says she is "sick of" the attorneys' behavior:
Spokane County Superior Court Judge Kathleen O'Connor had choice words Thursday for attorneys on both sides of the Jay Mehring civil case.
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She ordered attorneys Bob Dunn and Ellen O'Hara to appear before her this afternoon "no matter what" with an agreed upon statement in the case and a list of issues that are in dispute and issues that aren't.Judge Calls Mehring Case 'Dysfunctional,' Spokesman Review, Oct. 7, 2011.
She threatened to hold the lawyers in contempt if they weren't able to do so "because I am sick of this."
The judge also warned that she would have no time to look at motions for reconsideration, "so assume that they're all going to be denied."
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The judge also picked up a report she said had been submitted that morning in violation of a previous order.
"See this? The one I got today? In the waste basket!" she said, holding up the waste basket.