On Wednesday afternoon, in a Wise County courtroom, a jury found in favor of former Arlington Heights assistant principal Joe Palazzolo in his wrongful termination suit. The panel of seven women and five men took less than two hours to reach a verdict. The total damages awarded to Palazzolo exceeded $2.4 million. The trial began last Tuesday, March 18.
On Wednesday morning, attorneys for the school district petitioned the judge for a mistrial. After the verdict was announced, Thomas Brandt, an attorney for the district, said he will be “exploring appellant options with our client.”
Victoria Neave, an attorney for Palazzolo said she hopes the verdict will send a message to the district.