Jun 13, 2010 10:02 AM by James Amos

La Veta town judge quits, says he was forced out

LA VETA (AP) - A former municipal judge says an unfavorable ruling in a dog barking case against a friend of a town trustee led officials to stop sending cases through his court.

Albert Drum says he's considering a lawsuit against the town trustees and former mayor in what he calls an abuse of authority. No cases from December until he quit in April meant a cut in salary.

Drum says that trustees ordered the town marshal to stop issuing municipal citations for traffic and other minor infractions after his ruling in the dog barking case. Drum says the case involved a friend of a town board member.

Former Mayor Mikey Schmidt on Friday said the town stopped sending cases to Drum because of problems with how the court was operated.



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