Huntsville School Board Loses Request to Ignore Citizen Comments

Barricades have been set up outside the federal courthouse in downtown Huntsville. Photo by: Tim Hanson/WHNT News 19

Barricades have been set up outside the federal courthouse in downtown Huntsville. Photo by: Tim Hanson/WHNT News 19

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A federal judge denied the Huntsville school board’s motion to ignore citizen comments made at last week’s two-day desegregation hearing.

“It would be unrealistic and unwise for the Court to close its eyes to the impact that the parties’ positions and the Court’s decision have on the Huntsville community,” ruled U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala today.

Huntsville school attorneys argued the 22 public comments should not be on the record because they were not made under oath and were not subject to cross examination.

Judge Haikala went on to write that the case affects more than just the Department of Justice and the school system.

“The decision also may have collateral effects such as effects on property values and the recruitment of new businesses to the Huntsville area,” she writes.

To read her rulingĀ click this link.

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