Boone County Judicial Commissioner Mike Kline has been among the few critics of the Boone County Judiciary in the wake of the decision to deny a jury trial to the woman who sued the county for wrongful termination.
Kline, who served as a county prosecutor in Boone County from 2006 to 2011, says the court’s decision to dismiss her case on Friday is an example of a troubling trend that could lead to politicization of the judiciary.
The decision to not have the jury trial of the woman’s husband, Scott Stump, is part of a trend in the Boone area of not taking the case, he said.
The state’s Supreme Court last year rejected a similar claim that the county violated the U.S. Constitution by refusing to appoint a jury in a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that the state has the right to appoint jurors to trial in cases that violate the Constitution, but it was unclear whether that right extends to cases that involve wrongful termination or any other issue.
Boone County Attorney Brian Leach said the court didn’t address the issue because there was no basis for it.
A few days after the dismissal, the Boone Daily News reported that county attorneys and judges had asked that Stump be removed from the case.
The paper cited a county clerk’s office document that said Stump had been fired after the jury rejected his allegations that the woman had suffered discrimination in employment and that she should have been hired.
The county said it is still considering the legal options in the case but did not respond to a request for comment Friday.
Kline said the decision not to have a jury trials in Stump’s case should be an indicator of the county’s attitude toward its judicial branch.
“The county is not going to put the same kind of burden on the people of Boone County if they don’t have to have this trial,” Kline said.
Bolton County officials have also been criticized for their handling of the wrongful termination case.
A report released last year by the Boone Judicial Inquiry Commission found that Bolton County’s judicial system was biased against women and people of color.
In the report, which was released as part of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Institute of Journalism awards program, Bolton County was ranked fifth out of 17 counties nationwide in the number of women in the county jail and third in the percentage of women behind bars.
In Boone County, there are a total of 27 women behind bar.
Bolson County has long struggled to reform its system of prosecuting women.
After the U,S.
Supreme in 2015, the U:justice Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for the rights of women and racial minorities, found that some Bolton County judges were using the county system to prosecute women for alleged domestic violence, domestic violence related arrests and other offenses.
Boltons attorneys, however, have disputed the findings and argued that the system is designed to ensure that the justice system will be fair to all parties.
While the report found that the Bolton County judicial system is biased against men, it did not name any female judges or prosecutors, and the report did not say what kind of bias was being targeted.
In the past year, the Bolton Judicial Inquiry Committee has recommended changes to the judicial system, including an increase in the minimum wage, an end to jail and court monitoring and an overhaul of the criminal justice system.