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Ross lawsuit against Stark County moves to federal district court

BISMARCK -- A lawsuit concerning the firing of former Stark County Veterans Service Officer Leslie Ross by the Stark County commissioners last December has been removed from the state's Supreme Court and accepted into U.S. District Court.

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BISMARCK -- A lawsuit concerning the firing of former Stark County Veterans Service Officer Leslie Ross by the Stark County commissioners last December has been removed from the state’s Supreme Court and accepted into U.S. District Court.

The county motioned the case to federal court due to Ross’ claims that her right to due process, protected under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, was violated as a result of being terminated without cause and beyond procedure.

The commission terminated Ross at a regular meeting on Dec. 2 following a letter from the state's Department of Veterans Affairs office stating she had engaged in inappropriate conduct while in her position. This led the department to revoke her credentials, which was not brought to light to the commissioners until that day.

Ross’ attorney agreed with the motion when it was made.

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