No progress yet in G’boro mayor’s case

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Last September’s Greensboro mayor’s election remains in legal limbo as an expected ruling from Judge William Shashy of Montgomery on the case has yet to materialize.

During the case’s previous hearing May 9, Shashy delayed a decision on whether or not the case would proceed to the “discovery” phase of the contest. In discovery the two parties–Greensboro mayor J.B. Washington and election challenger Vanessa Hill–and their attorneys would examine the ballots cast in the election for any illegalities.

That decision was initially scheduled for that following Friday, after either side had submitted a final argument pertaining to a previous case that may have established precedent. However, the ruling was not made that Friday.

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Walter Braswell, Hill’s Birmingham-based attorney, told the Times that a conference call announcing the ruling was scheduled for the morning of last Wednesday, May 18. But Shashy was unable to make the conference call for as-of-yet undisclosed reasons.

An official in Shashy’s office confirmed Monday that no ruling has yet been made.

She did, however, add that the judge was “working on it,” and that the ruling would be made soon.

Braswell has said previously that his party is not overly concerned by the delays.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s just a matter of how rapidly the case proceeds.”