The 8th District Court of Appeals turned down a request to review a lower court’s ruling related to a case involving the Texas County prosecutor.
“The court has carefully reviewed the original file of the United States District Court and orders that this appeal be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction,” the court wrote in its Jan. 14 opinion.
The last-minute appeal in December delayed the start of a trial to hear allegations that the Texas County prosecutor Michael Anderson discriminated against a former employee and misused the powers of his office.
On Dec. 1, U.S. District Judge Richard Dorr failed to throw out some issues and ordered Anderson to stand trial on the counts alleged by Monica Daniel Hutchison, a former office employee in Anderson’s office.
Daniel’s claims malicious prosecution, abuse of process concerning a subpoena and a civil lawsuit, emotional distress and a hostile work environment. Anderson denies all of the claims. Anderson’s attorneys earlier asked Dorr to reconsider his order. After he denied the request, attorneys for Anderson asked for a hearing before the 8th District Court of Appeals, and the trial was postponed.