Thursday, June 29, 2006

On fixing what's broken

Federal Judge James H. Jarvis asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to rule on whether or not the Knox County Charter is invalid in a certified question yesterday.

Chancellor John Weaver also agreed that granting Knox County a 180-day stay in implementing his ruling that the Knox County Charter is "invalid and ineffective" would "do no harm." Since Weaver's original ruling was constitutionally correct, and he has granted a stay of that ruling, I think it is fair to wonder whether the State Supreme Court will overturn Weaver's decision. I do not believe they will.

However, since the stay is in place for the next six months, there is plenty of time to fix the existing document. If that is Mayor Ragsdale's true intent, why not drop the case now before the Supreme Court and simply focus on fixing the Charter?


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