Judge clears Marlborough board in right-to-know matter
Board chairman John Northcott said Friday he and the board members are relieved by the decision, and said he is hoping it would dispel any perceived image created by the case that board members are "the bad guys."
Last June, resident Lorette Simonds filed a petition in Cheshire County Superior Court asking that the court find the board in contempt of a court order to not violate the right-to-know law four months after the court had found the board guilty of numerous violations and enjoined the board from further violations.
Friday, Simonds said she was disappointed by the decision.
"These guys have no respect for the law. They have not become more open. They are only making minimal changes," she said.
Simonds said she plans to review the 14-page decision to see if there are any issues in which she can seek reconsideration.
In his decision, Mangones called out the board for "obviating the spirit of the right-to-know law" by holding an unlawful electronic meeting in which a previous meeting's minutes were edited.
Northcott said Friday the board has acknowledged it unknowingly broke the right-to-know law, but since Mangones' January 2012 decision, it has learned its lesson and is now more aware of the law's requirements.
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