Suspect in Grand County Building Dept. case waives right to hearing
November 4, 2014
The ongoing legal tribulations of Brigid Irish continued on Monday, Nov. 3, when Irish appeared by phone with her attorney in Grand County Court before Judge Ben McClelland for a status conference.
During the conference Irish's attorney waived her right to a preliminary hearing, which had previously been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17.
Irish, who is the sole defendant in the case of the Grand County Building Department scandal, will be back in County Court on Nov. 17 to appear in person and waive her right formally. The court requires individuals to appear in person to waive such rights.
During preliminary hearings county judges review evidence in criminal cases and determine if it is appropriate for the case to be bound over to District Court. When defendants waive their right to a preliminary hearing, cases are automatically bound over to District Court.
According to officials in the Grand County Combined Courts Office, the Irish case will officially be bound over to District Court following her appearance on Nov. 17.
Once the case has been bound over to District Court, Irish will be arraigned in the 14th Judicial District. No date has been set at this time for her arraignment in District Court.
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Grand County officials first noticed that more than $500,000 was missing from the county building department in October 2013. An investigation resulted in allegations that Irish had kept cash and destroyed checks for building permits during her tenure. Irish was subsequently charged preliminarily with four counts of theft, one count of attempting to influence a public official, 12 counts of forgery and more than 900 counts of embezzlement.