Today in federal court, Judge Roslyn Silver indicated that Ed Foster and Mark Orgeron had the power of office from the moment they were elected, and assumed the duties of office at the next regularly scheduled council meeting. They needed to do nothing, to take no legal action, and could have just marched in to town hall and sat down in their seats. However she thanked them for not getting into a fist fight over physical possesion of the chairs.
She stopped short of issuing a ruling to that effect today, and allowed the attorneys a few days for both parties to file a written argument about jurisdiction to rule on the town's violation of the Voting Rights Act. Judge Silver will rule after the July 20th deadline. The decision is not expected to take long.
Vice Mayor Barbara Cowell did not file a response to La Paz County Attorney Sam Vederman's Quo Warranto action in superior court, so he filed for a default summary judgement. A ruling on that motion is expected about the same time as the federal ruling.
Defiance of either court ruling could land Vice Mayor Cowell and her co conspirators in jail for contempt.
The merits of the election challenge between John Prutch and Mike Jewitt is currently being considered by the appeals court.
One thing is certain, Quartzsite will be the talk around the water cooler in law offices for some time to come.