Federal judge Kathryn Vratil has overruled a request for a restraining order from eight employees fired by Johnson County district attorney Phill Kline.
In her ruling (read the whole thing here) Vratil declined to order Kline to participate in a Johnson County grievance hearing the workers have asked for.
However -- the judge said the hearing could go forward, with or without Kline. Once the hearing is held, she said, Kline can decide if he wants to abide by the decision; before that, she said, the request for a restraining order is "premature." (Kline has argued that his job is a state position and that county rules don't apply.)
She also overruled a Kline request that more than two dozen affidavits supporting the workers be thrown out.
Kline's lawyers have also filed a motion to dismiss the case.
Posted by Dave Helling