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Youngstown judges want city to pony up $25K for legal fight to get a new courthouse



Published: Mon, February 9, 2009 @ 7:22 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The war of words over a new courthouse escalated today with municipal court judges accusing Mayor Jay Williams of stonewalling them on the facility.

It was a statement that offended the mayor.

“I take extreme exception to the characterization that this administration is stonewalling the judges,” Williams said. “I won’t sit here and be categorized as stonewalling judges. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Nevertheless, Municipal Court Judges Elizabeth A. Kobly and Robert A. Douglas Jr. repeated the comment.

While Williams remained seated, he said the judges were “entitled to their opinion no matter how misguided and inaccurate it is.”

It was the latest — and most heated, at least in public — battle between the two sides over new court facilities.

The dispute occurred at a special city council finance committee meeting. The judges requested legislation allowing them to spend up to $25,000 to potentially use to sue the city for a new court facility. A decision was postponed.

It looks like that money is going to be put to use.

“Litigation is inevitable,” Judge Kobly said.

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator or Vindy.com


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