Jones named in guardianship dispute

State superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones has been named in a civil case in excess of the guardianship of her husband’s elderly parents.

In the civil complaint, 1 of Jana Jones’ brothers-in-law says the candidate and her husband obtained a loan from Ross V. Jones and Lorraina R. Jones and convinced the couple to publish off the debt. Jana Jones says no debt is excellent — and she offered a 2013 document, signed by her in-laws, in which they say they have willingly made a lot of gifts of money to their kids.

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The guardianship case was initially filed on July 23, but the loan query surfaced in a document filed on Oct. sixteen. Jana Jones says the declare was filed in an attempt to achieve “notoriety.” Attorneys for the loved ones say the filing was politically motivated Al Barrus, an lawyer for Ross V. and Lorraina Jones, referred to as the filing a “smear campaign.”

The case will be heard in a Cassia County magistrate court on Nov. 7 — three days after Jones, a Democrat, and Republican Sherri Ybarra vie for the open state superintendent’s publish.

Until then, the civil situation amounts to claims and counterclaims.

In the Oct. 16 document, Michael Von Jones of Twin Falls says his dad and mom produced a $ 150,000 loan to Jana Jones and her husband, Ross J. Jones.

Some years later, Jana and Ross J. Jones had the means to repay the loan, Michael Jones says in his filing. But instead, he stated, they “unduly influenced and prevailed upon” Ross V. and Lorraina Jones to forgive the debt.

Jana Jones says her husband acquired the loan from his dad and mom for his company, and his parents had been granted a lien on Jana and Ross J. Jones’ property. The home deed was turned back over to Jana and Ross J. Jones in October 2010. Jana Jones says she was not involved in the loan — but explained it was for far much less than $ 150,000.

Al Barrus, an lawyer for Ross V. and Lorraina Jones, says he realized of the Oct. sixteen claim on Wednesday, and mentioned it with his clientele later that day. He has prepared an affidavit that says his consumers are not owed any cash.

“They were adamant that (Ross J. Jones) does not owe them any income whatsoever,” Barrus mentioned Thursday.

The crux of the July 23 filing centers on custodianship.

Michael Jones says his mother and father want a guardian, and a conservator to oversee their material assets. A medical professional has examined the mother and father and located them to be capable of living independently, stated Jeffrey Rolig, Michael Jones’ attorney. Rolig would like to get a 2nd view on their condition — a movement opposed not only by Ross V. and Lorraina Jones, and by Michael Jones’ siblings.

The parents and Michael Jones’ siblings oppose the motion for guardianship, said John Ohman, an lawyer who has represented Jana and Ross J. Jones for 30 many years. Ohman couches the dispute as a single pitting Michael Jones towards his 5 brothers.

“Jana has no involvement in the guardianship or conservatorship at all,” Ohman said.

Documents about the custodianship case are sealed. Idaho Schooling Information went to the Cassia County courthouse Tuesday in an try to examine and make copies of the case file. Deputy Magistrate Court Clerk Robin Carpenter denied Idaho Education News’ request. When asked to make an purchase stating the case was sealed, Carpenter explained such an purchase does not exist.

Idaho Education News filed a public information request Tuesday to get the documents.

But Ohman and Barrus mince no words about the case. Ohman calls it a “mean-spirited” attempt at political sabotage.

Barrus is also sympathetic towards his consumers. “This is just truly tearing them apart. … It is turned into a witch hunt towards Jana Jones and their campaign.”

Jana Jones mentioned she was “disgusted” that her in-laws have been pulled into this dispute. Ross V. and Lorraina Jones have contributed $ 1,500 to Jones’ campaign, like a $ 1,000 contribution on Oct. 18.

“They are quite supportive of me and they usually have been,” she said Thursday.

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