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Squatter now refuses to leave prison for court appearance

Posted at 3:37 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 18:56:49-04

It's a case our News 5 Investigates team has been closely following for several months.

A convicted felon and squatter who is currently incarcerated has filed a lawsuit against a Colorado Springs family after he was evicted.

Two years later, Jackie "Jack" Cole filed paperwork with the El Paso County Courthouse seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for injured feelings and mental anguish.

Cole initially won a default judgment in the case, but after Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross discovered Cole likely won based on filing fraudulent paperwork, the initial judge who ruled in Cole's favor has ordered a new hearing.

Unfortunately, this week's hearing had to be vacated because Cole refused to be transported from the Department of Corrections to court.

Court notes obtained by News 5 Investigates show that the El Paso County Sheriff's Office transport coordinator notified the court clerk that Cole refused to be taken to court.

A new written order by Judge G. David Miller was issued in the case, but those documents have not been made available as of 3:30 p.m. MT on Sept. 29.

"He (Jack Cole) knows how to work the system to get what he wants and that's exactly what he's doing right now by forging paperwork to win a civil lawsuit against me," Michelle Clark said. "It's a waste of taxpayer dollars running this through the courthouse. It's a waste of everyone's time and it can destroy someone's life. They need to be held accountable and get charges and pay for what they've done."

News 5 also emailed the courts asking if Cole could be held in contempt. We are awaiting an answer.

This is a developing story and updates will be provided as we learn new information. If you have an issue you'd like our News 5 Investigates team to look into, send an email to or call our tip line at 719-228-6275.

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