Brigid Irish case continued again for attorney update
April 30, 2015
After nearly a year in the courts, the Brigid Irish case has once again been delayed as her new attorney gets up to date.
Public defender Chris Hamsher requested a continuance at Irish's Thursday, April 30, arraignment hearing, which District Court Judge Mary Hoak granted, setting Irish's next court date for June 22 at 3 p.m.
Hamsher said that he had not received important pieces of the case's discovery until March 19.
Irish, who faces 932 felony counts including embezzlement and forgery, dismissed her previous attorney William Frankfurt at a Feb. 27 court hearing.
During the Thursday hearing, both Hoak and Assistant District Attorney Han Ng lamented the additional delay on the case, though Ng said he believed that a request for continuance was justified, adding, "I can't blame Mr. Hamsher."
Hoak expressed concern that Irish may yet again change attorneys, thus delaying the case further, though Hamsher said he was confident that Irish would not seek another attorney, citing her financial position.
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Hoak said that she would only continue the case one additional time, stating that if Irish was not ready to enter a plea at her next court date, Hamsher should at that time set a date for them to proceed.
Irish is suspected of misappropriating more than half a million dollars from the Grand County Building Department over the course of 12 years.