2/11/2010 1 Title : ORD:FIND FACT & CONCLUSION LAW
IN CONFORMITY WITH THE FORGOING CONCLUSIONS OF LAW,
THE COURT HEREBY ORDERS THAT THE MOTION TO INTERVENE FILED
BY JEFFREY SIMPSON AND PAUL HOAG IS SUSTAINED. THE COURT
FURTHER ORDERS THAT THE INTERVENING DEFENDANTS' ANSWER
BE FILED. THE COURT FURTHER ORDERS THAT THE MOTION FOR
PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION FILED BY THE PLAINTIFF IS
OVERRULED. THE COURT FURTHER ORDERS THAT THIS MATTER IS
HEREBY STAYED PENDING ACTION ON THE SUBJECT MATTER HEREIN
BY DEFENDANT OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE.
SEE FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW.
By denying the injunction requested by Stainbrook and Gallagher, the issue will go to the Ohio Republican Party's state central committee to decide which group of Republicans to recognize as the official party.
This is in accordance with state law and the judge really didn't have much leeway in the matter.
The judge also denied a request for class-action status on behalf of the Stainbrook/Gallagher faction:
2/11/2010 2 Title : ORD:OPINION ISSUED SEE JE
THE COURT HEREBY ORDERS THAT THE MOTION TO CERTIFY A
CLASS ACTION FILED BY THE PLAINTIFF IS OVERRULED.
SEE OPINION AND JE.
PARTY : -
In an interesting twist, the Toledo Free Press is reporting that Judge Doneghy also determined that neither the Simpson NOR Stainbrook group met and elected a chairman as required by law.
So now the state central committee will make their decision and, hopefully, the LCRP can get on with the business of fielding and supporting Republican (that is, conservative) candidates.
But don't expect Stainbrook to go quietly if things go against him in Columbus. He's vowed to do everything to maintain control, even if doing so is detrimental to the party he wants to lead.
Background posts in chronological order:
LCRP has a new chairman
The ruckus in the LCRP continues
Adding perspective to the LCRP power struggle
Surprise (not!) Stainbrook nominated for BOE
Stainbrook 'deems' Kriner and Olman resigned from BOE
LCRP Simpson group files complaints against Stainbrook
Another lawsuit and request for TRO in the quest for power in the LCRP
Republican clubs endorse Simpson