Basalt agrees to pay newspaper over court fight

ASPEN — The Basalt Town Council has agreed to pay more than $50,000 in legal fees The Aspen Times racked up in a court battle over documents related to the departure of former Police Chief Roderick O’Connor.

Town Attorney Tom Smith informed attorney Tom Kelley that the town government is prepared to pay after an Eagle County district judge awarded the legal fees earlier this month.

Town Manager Mike Scanlon said the fees would have to be paid by taxpayers because insurance does not cover it.

According to The Aspen Times, the town refused to release a settlement agreement and other documents related to O’Connor’s departure. The judge on June 3 ordered the release of the documents and awarded legal fees to the newspaper. The town did not appeal the decision.


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