Warring neighbors drop restraining orders
Aspen CO, Colorado
ASPEN ” Williams Way neighbors Doug Wilson and Bruce Knutson just won’t bury the hatchet.
But before Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely in county court on Wednesday, the pair agreed to drop temporary restraining orders (each against the other) because the orders have passed their original 120-day limit.
The men have a long-standing dispute over a laundry list of allegations, including disagreements over snow-shoveling and allegations of property damage.
Wilson alleged Wednesday that Knutson had violated the restraining order repeatedly, as recently as Friday.
Knutson said he’s just tried to stay away from Wilson.
Two earlier attempts at mediation in the case failed, and the men were in court on Wednesday to possibly cement the temporary restraining order as permanent.
Wilson ran into trouble when his attorney, Peter Rachesky, asked to be taken off the case for reasons he would not divulge because of attorney-client privilege.
Knutson’s attorney, Mark Rubinstein, objected, saying that without an attorney, Wilson would turn the courtroom into a circus.
Judge Ely denied Rachesky’s motion to withdraw from the case.
Wilson and Knutson, alongside their attorneys, agreed to drop their mutual restraining orders.
For now, it’s up to the two men to get along.
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