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The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit will hear the case on April 24. It stems from prayers said during meetings of the Hamilton County Commission in Tennessee, though the court allowed the Kentucky League of Cities to file a brief in the case since any ruling would affect municipalities there.
The plaintiffs, Brandon Jones and Tommy Coleman, filed suit over prayers said during commission meetings last June and asked U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice to issue an injunction stopping the practice.
Mattice declined, allowing the prayers to continue while the case continues through the judicial system.
Jones and Coleman appealed saying prayers should be stopped while the merits of the case are decided.
Chattanooga attorney Robin Flores, who represents Jones and Coleman, said there's a lot riding on the court's decision because any temporary ruling likely would become permanent.
"Actually this is the critical point," Flores said. "If they put down the preliminary injunction, then we win."
No matter how the court decides, Flores predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would be asked to hear arguments in the case.
Flores said the brief from the Kentucky League of Cities adds another opinion on the issue, but he didn't expect it to have much sway with judges in the case.
Steve Duggins, who is lead attorney for the commission, said he thinks the court took the case because of its importance.
"I think it recognizes the widespread impact this case could have, because it impacts more than just Chattanooga. There is a long tradition of local governments, and federal, holding prayers before meetings ... I think by the court accepting this brief, the court is recognizing that impact," Duggins said.
Duggins said he welcomed the input from the Kentucky group, saying it took a "different angle" in its brief.
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Updated conservatorship statute effective July 1
May 21, 2013 12:49 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law revisions to the state conservatorship statute.
The law allows the court to appoint a conservator to manage the assets of a person a judge finds unable to handle his or her own affairs.
State Rep. Andrew Farmer, a Sevierville Republican, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1183hjy ) the intent of the bill he sponsored in the House is to make sure people aren't being taken advantage of.
The bill sprang from a series of hearings statewide by the Tennessee Bar Association. They revealed there were no uniform procedures for placing a person's assets under a conservator on an emergency basis.
The changes take effect July 1.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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