partlycloudy
Tuesday July 28th, 2015 3:53PM

Judge gives state of Ga., Cumming 15 days to work out differences

By Staff
CUMMING - The State of Georgia and the City of Cumming have until August 9 to settle their differences over a lawsuit that claims the city violated the state's open meetings law. After that, if there is no resolution, the the case will go to court.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Senior Judge Robert Adamson told both sides in Forsyth County Superior Court that if that deadline goes unmet, he wants both parties to file briefs providing more evidence for their arguments by Aug. 30.

The State Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit against the city after Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt ordered a reporter and her video camera removed from a city council meeting in April 2012. The reporter, Nydia Tisdale claimed the city violated Georgia's open meetings law when Gravitt had police bar her from the meeting.

The AJC said that Attorney General Sam Olens filed a lawsuit against the city after two months of negotiations over the issue produced no resolution.

The State wants Cumming officials to admit the mayor violated the law by removing Tisdale and her equipment, but Cumming officials said they won't do that because an admission of wrongdoing is a liability that opens the door for additional litigation.

The city, according to the newspaper, contends it has sovereignty under the state constitution to avoid interference by the state.

Cumming is the first government to be prosecuted under Georgia's new Open Meetings Act, which provides for stiffer penalties for violators.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Missing Ga. bank director arrested in Brunswick
A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.
7:00PM ( 1 year ago )
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 1 year ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Victim critical following apartment fire
A 41-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after being rescued from an apartment fire in Forsyth County late Monday afternoon.
3:16PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
The latest on missing boys: Coast Guard still optimistic, search expands to Ga. coast
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the search for the two Florida teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast:11:35 a.m.The Coast Guard says it's still optimistic two t...
1:41PM ( 2 hours ago )
Strong home sales, limited supply lift US home prices in May
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4.9 percent in May f...
12:05PM ( 3 hours ago )
Hall Co. municipal leaders learn employees are needed to support booming industry
Economic growth is a great thing, but it also has its challenges. That's what Hall County's municipal leaders learned at their quarterly Joint Municipal Association meeting Monday night.
9:00AM ( 6 hours ago )
Boy Scouts of America to allow gay adult leaders
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.The new policy, aim...
1:44AM ( 14 hours ago )
White County detainee walks away from work detail
Numerous law enforcement agencies are working to help locate a White County detainee who walked away from a work detail at the White County Courthouse Monday afternoon.
By Dean Dyer
8:56PM ( 18 hours ago )