Judge grants continuance in Stone case
Visiting Lassen County Superior Court Judge C. Anders Holmer granted a continuance in the $1 million wrongful termination case brought by Tom Stone, the former Lassen County administrative officer during a hearing in the Lassen County Hall of Justice Tuesday, April 30.
Stone told the court health issues had forced his Reno-based attorney, Treva Hearne to retire unexpectedly due to various medical issues and he had no idea what the legal process was. He said at her advice they filed a document April 4 in which Stone became his own attorney. Stone said both he and Hearne were seeking another attorney to represent him in the matter, but the effort “put the ball in my court to change horses in midstream.”
Holmer asked Stone if he had read and understood the request by Lassen County’s attorney Kathleen Williams, and he said he had, but he had to research to find out what a demurrer meant. He asked the court to grant him time to find a qualified attorney who was willing to come to Lassen County to represent him.