Farmington — The Window Rock District Court cancelled a hearing for a temporary restraining order that Speaker Johnny Naize filed against 12 members of the Navajo Nation Council and one legislative branch employee.
The hearing was vacated on Wednesday after District Court Judge Carol Perry denied a motion that would have disqualified attorneys from the Navajo Nation Department of Justice from representing the 12 delegates and one employee, according to court documents.
She also denied a motion to dismiss Naize's request because it was not properly filed using the tribe's Sovereign Immunity Act, according to court documents.
The hearing will not be rescheduled unless a written request to reschedule is made by either party.
Last week, Perry scheduled the hearing after attorneys argued they needed more time to gather documentation from the council's April 4 special session.
During the special session, 12 delegates approved placing Naize on paid administrative leave after he was charged last year with bribery and conspiracy for allegedly misusing discretionary funds intended to help tribal members in need.
The court also proposed scheduling a hearing for Naize's request for a preliminary injunction for either April 24 or April 25.