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Costa Bajjali requests new trial after judgement

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Joplin City Attorney Peter Edwards testifying today Joplin City Attorney Peter Edwards testifying today
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Update 6/15/2015:  Costa Bajjali motioned for a new trial. Attached are documents requesting the new trial.

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A judge rules today that the City of Joplin is owed money from Wallace Bajjali.  Two attorneys for the City of Joplin were in the Circuit Court of Jasper County.  

The hearing itself lasted only a few minutes, and no one was in the audience, except for our reporter and photographer.  No one from the defense was there, either.

The case is being represented by Karl Blanchard, Junior, hired by the City of Joplin.  Blanchard called Joplin City Attorney Peter Edwards to the stand, to testify about the "damages" the city has incurred from Wallace Bajjali.

Edwards said the city paid one million 475 thousand dollars to Wallace Bajjali to help the company get an office, hire and pay for Joplin workers, and buy land for developers.  Wallace Bajjali was to pay this money back to the city, once the land was developed.

"The individuals are named, this judgement is only against the partnership," says Blanchard.

We asked Blanchard if David Wallace and/or Costa Bajjali will ever be sued individually.

"Well, the lawsuit against the individuals is filed.  David Wallace has filed bankruptcy, which is an automatic stay, as against him.  If and when the city directs me to issue service against Bajjali, I'll do that," says Blanchard.

The judge's ruling for the city entails Wallace Bajjali paying back the one million 475 thousand dollars.

"You asked the question that I ask myself as a citizen, which is, there were millions of dollars.  Where's the money?  Where did it go?  I don't know.  I guess that's what you're trying to figure out.  If you do find out, let me know," says Blanchard.

"Your real question is, is this a collectable judgement?  Probably not.  But, I think it'll be interesting to see what happens.  The city will be interested to see what happens and all the litigation it taxes," says Blanchard.

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