Federal judge rules against school board for 2nd time in Ooltewah rape civil suits

Hamilton County Board of Education attorneys denied extra time to depose three expert witnesses

The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed on Sunday, January 31, 2016. (Staff file photo by Maura Friedman)

For the second time in seven days, a federal judge has ruled against the Hamilton County Board of Education in the 2015 Ooltewah rape civil litigation, this time denying board attorneys more time to depose three expert witnesses.

U.S. District Judge Travis McDonough issued the order Thursday, saying school board attorneys did not show good reason for missing a deadline he set in March 2017. Also last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Steger said board attorneys "wasted the court's time" by refusing to release evidence that clearly fell under a previous order he'd made.

photo Travis McDonough


"At the case management conference in March 2017, the court indicated ...