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Judge delays decision on Embassy Suites

by Staff

Problems with the El Dorado County Courthouse in Placerville have delayed the decision regarding the state line Embassy Suites Hotel.

Judge Patrick Riley heard final arguments last week from KOAR-Tahoe Partners, L.P., the hotel developers, and Mitsui Trust and Banking Co. Ltd., the bank which provided the construction loan for the hotel. He said he would reach a decision by April 24.

Court sources said Riley has decided but, due to an evacuation Monday and a lawsuit from the county employees union seeking to shut down the courthouse, things are not being processed as quickly as usual, including the KOAR-Mitsui decision.

The same court sources refused to reveal the nature of the decision until Riley gives official approval.

Riley’s judicial assistant said her work station has been moved five times since the courthouse reopened after asbestos was removed from the attic April 20. In addition, her computer system is down.

Neither the bank nor the developers are aware of the decision as attorneys for both sides have left several messages for the judge.

Court sources were unable to predict when the decision would be available, but said the decision is a high priority for Riley who was presiding over jury selection in an unrelated matter Tuesday.

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