Friday, June 19, 2015
Banwart, Commission use delaying tactics, file for change of judge
Since each side is allowed to ask one time for a change of judge that almost guarantees that no decision on the request by Joplin residents Joshua Bard, Jon Buck, and Jamie Johnson for writ of mandamus.
It also will ensure that the three board members appointed by the Commission, Gary Nodler, Sallie Beard, and Ron Gatz, will continue to be seated at the regular meeting Tuesday, June 23, and will be able to conduct business.
The School Board's request for a change of judge, tellingly, did not come from attorney Shellie Guin, who was hired by the board Thursday night, but from board member Lynda Banwart, according to online Jasper County Circuit Court records.
Joplin attorney Teresa Kenney filed the Jasper County Commission's request for a change of judge.