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Huron board member's suit against attorney bill reaches courtroom

Jessica Cuffman • Mar 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Challenging the validity of a law firm’s report, the attorney for suspended Huron Schools superintendent Fred Fox continued to fight for records during a court hearing Thursday.

But Patrick Murray was not the lone lawyer present. Six other attorneys attended the hearing, representing three school board members and district treasurer Mike Weis in a lawsuit filed by board member Kevin Asher to keep the board from paying the $60,000 bill for the report.

The Markling report, prepared by attorney Matt Markling after he interviewed dozens of Huron schools administrators about Fox’s alleged conduct violations, concluded there were sufficient reasons to fire the superintendent.

Asher filed a lawsuit to keep the district from paying Markling’s bill after the school board voted 3-2 in June to suspend Fox and start termination proceedings against him.

Asher alleges the report is of poor quality, biased and overbilled.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Register.


February - Board meets with attorney Matt Markling to discuss allegations made against superintendent Fred Fox.

May - Markling delivers 50-page report to board.

June 19 - Board suspends Fred Fox and votes to start termination proceedings against him.

June 20 - Markling report is released as a public record.

June 28 - Asher files lawsuit to keep board from paying Markling bill.

Sept. 6 - Fox’s attorney, Patrick Murray, answers to 23 allegations against Fox that the board says warrants his termination.

Sept. 12 - Fox files a lawsuit against board member Tim Sowecke, alleging defamation and libel and demanding more than $2.5 million in damages.

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