In a scathing opinion, a federal bankruptcy court judge portrays Michael and Michelle Nemee and some of their associates as liars who tried to game the system from the start in their dealings with Calaveras County.
Judge Ronald H. Sargis described the couple's strategy to build a commercial golf course in Wallace as "it is better to seek forgiveness than to get permission."
Sargis' ruling was posted on the website of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Eastern California Tuesday. It was issued in a civil case brought by the Nemees against Calaveras County which was consolidated with bankruptcy proceedings they filed in 2009. The Nemees asked Sargis to enter orders requiring Calaveras County to permit them to operate the Trinitas golf course as a commercial enterprise under the "agritourism" provision in county zoning ordinances. After a three-day trial, the judge rejected that demand by the Nemees and granted the county's request for a blanket injunction prohibiting the Nemees from using the property for any commercial golf activity. For the complete report, see Friday's Calaveras Enterprise. Read the ruling at www.caeb.uscourts.gov/Judges/Sargis.aspx. You may need to use Explorer to open it.