Brigid Irish’s defense files motion to replace judge
The legal saga of Brigid Irish took a turn Monday afternoon when Irish’s attorney, Public Defender Chris Hamsher, filed a Motion for Substation of Judge or Alternatively Request for Hearing, essentially asking District Court Judge Hoak to recuse herself from the case.
The Motion now goes into a waiting period as the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has 21 days to add its comments and counter-arguments to the motion. Following a response to the motion from the prosecution the defense will have an additional seven days to respond to the prosecution before the motion goes before Judge Hoak.
The decision whether to substitute a different judge in the case will be made by Judge Hoak. The case is scheduled for the District Court docket on Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m.
A plea agreement in the case is still under review and no action was taken regarding the proposal Monday during the court proceedings. An initial plea agreement offered by the DA’s office was rejected by Judge Hoak in late July. A second plea agreement has been offered, though the details of that plea are not yet public and have not been discussed in open court. The specifics of plea agreements are not public record until or unless the agreement is accepted by the court.
The ongoing legal defense of Irish began in early May 2014 when Irish turned herself in to authorities following the issuance of an arrest warrant. Irish is accused of misappropriating more than $600,000 in Grand County Building Department funds while working as an administrative assistant in that office. The funds Irish is accused of misappropriating were primarily checks submitted to the county for building permits. She first began working for the Building Department in 2001.
The funds were first discovered missing in early October 2013 when the Grand County Commissioners began planning for the 2014 budget.
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