It is so nice to see justice served and democracy restored. I am super pleased that the judge saw through the outrageous sanctions the majority imposed on Councillors Hanson, Kissel and Wright. The decision took so long that I was worried that we’d never see this day.
After all the three were put through, I’d love to see the majority on Council and Hoggan punished for their vindictiveness. That’s not likely to happen. At the very least, the County should cover the councillors’ legal fees. They wouldn’t have been forced to spend all that money if the rest of council had behaved reasonably.
All along, council insisted the three councillors needed to apologize. My favorite part of the court decision was when the judge said “a fair system of justice does not regard a failure to apologize as aggravating. Forcing them to apologize on pain of a greater sanction would place them in an impossible position.” The judge couldn’t have gotten it more right. All an apology would have done was make the majority’s egos feel better. If this doesn’t prove how vindictive these guys are, nothing will.
I hate to think what the County’s spin on this will be. Somehow I don’t think they will be able to accept defeat gracefully. For the sake of us all, I hope they do and maybe even wake up and realize that in a democracy, not everyone has to toe the line.