The opinion of the court was delivered by: HAUK
THIS MATTER having come on for hearing before the Court on May 24, 1977, and the Court having considered the files and records herein and the arguments of counsel, hereby enters the following:
The original Complaint of the plaintiff was filed on November 2, 1976, seeking to compel the defendant to conduct hearings pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 2996(j) and 45 CFR 1606. The Complaint further challenged the notice given of certain funding decisions affecting the plaintiffs as such notice is required by 42 U.S.C. § 2996(F)(f).
On November 12, 1976, the Complaint was amended to add as a party plaintiff, the Ben Franklin Legal Aid Association, Inc.
On November 12, 1976, a Motion for Preliminary Injunction was denied by the Honorable Marshall A. Neill, United States District Judge.
On December 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17, hearings were held in Spokane, Colville, Moses Lake, and Clarkston, Washington, with respect to the funding decision affecting Spokane County Legal Services and the Legal Services programs in those respective cities. On December 16, hearings were held in Pasco, Washington, with respect to the Legal Services program of Ben Franklin Legal Aid Association, Inc.
The hearings referred to in the preceding paragraph were conducted before Steven Walters, an employee of the Legal Services Corporation, who was not involved in the funding decisions being reviewed. The proceedings were held before a court reporter and counsel ...