Halper takes Jerome County to court


By Benito Baeza

Jerome, Idaho - Back in January Lee Halper filed suit against Jerome County and the commissioners and petitioned the court for a declaratory judgment. Meaning, Halper wants the court to make an official declaration on the actions made by the county commissioners.

He alleges the commissioners violated Idaho code after hiring Rocky Mountain Corrections as a consulting firm for more than 25-thousand dollars with out taking it to bid and the publics input.
But, for this hearing a motion for summary judgment was submitted.

Jerome County Prosecutor Mike Sieb said, "I assume that Mr. Halper wanted to come, was presenting a summary judgment motion, but the fact that his underlying case is declaratory judgment, I wasn't quite sure, especially given the little bit of information that contained within the motion, frankly within even his brief."

Prosecutor Mike Sieb says his office wasn't given enough time to respond to the motion because of when it was filed in mid April. He argued they should have been given 28 days for review.

Halper said the court clerk set the date, and there was nothing he could do about it, but agreed to a continuance to give the county more time.

The county also has submitted a motion to dismiss, which will be argued later.

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