BONNEVILLE, N.Y. — A judge in Boone County, New York, on Friday said she will dismiss the federal investigation into the Boone County Courthouse in Boone after a judge dismissed a lawsuit alleging it violated the U.S. Constitution’s due process clause.
In her order, Judge Patricia R. Nelles said that the investigation into whether the courthouse violated the Constitution was improper.
Nolles dismissed the complaint on the grounds that it was a moot point in the case.
The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Organization for Women against the courthouse, which has a federal building on its grounds.
At the time of the complaint, the Boone courthouse had no employees.
The judge noted that the building’s owner had paid $2.2 million in a settlement for the lawsuit, which the ACLU had asked for.
Nolls also ruled that the ACLU could not present any evidence to show that the courthouse was not in compliance with the building code.
She ruled that Boone County could not use the courthouse as a meeting and event venue for public events because the court building has no public meeting space.
Nelles did not say whether she would order Boone County to build new courtrooms, but she said she would review the settlement and determine what steps would be taken.
Boone County’s building code allows for use of the courthouse to accommodate gatherings of more than 500 people, but the county does not currently have a building for that purpose, Nellers said.