Court in the act? Not yet
County leaders’ dispute delayed for the weekend
By Ian White
THE COUNTY’S top judges and commissioners must wait a little longer for the next impartial decision in their legal dispute after a visiting judge delayed hearing their claims on Friday.
Judge Sharolyn Wood held over until tomorrow, Monday, a hearing on a temporary restraining order dated June 7 after counsel for both sides agreed that they wanted to debate its effects as an injunction and to defer arguing its main clause, a contempt-of-court order to be answered by county judge Mark Henry.
Wood said that, after reading the TRO, which visiting judge David Garner granted to district-court judge Lonnie Cox, she had understood Friday’s hearing would be a suit by Cox claiming Henry had acted in contempt of an order he signed last September.
When both counsel referred to an injunction, Wood said the two issues were separate and referred the contempt issue back to the court that made the order – Cox’s 56th district court.
Cox immediately voluntarily recused himself from hearing the issue and, after a lengthy recess, Wood set 9:00am tomorrow for the start of the injunction hearing.